SD state Sen. Adelstein resigns after hip surgery

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota state Sen. Stan Adelstein announced Monday that he’s resigning from his legislative seat due to complications from recent hip replacement surgery.

Adelstein, 82, said he had the surgery on Oct. 4 and should have returned to full mobility within 30 days, but continuing infection led to three additional operations.

Adelstein, chief executive officer for Northwestern Engineering Co., said his latest medical schedule led him to conclude that he would not be able to give 100 percent to the job when the legislative session begins in January.

“I am hoping to have a new hip replacement completed in early January and am optimistic about my prospects thereafter,” the Rapid City Republican said in a statement.

Adelstein, who served four years in the House and seven years in the Senate, said he makes the decision with great reluctance because he loves representing the people of District 32.

In his letter to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Adelstein said he knows the governor has many capable people to fill the remainder of Adelstein’s term.

“I hope that you will select someone who represents the mainstream of Republican thinking, someone who is devoted to improving our schools and universities, and someone who is committed to protecting the civil liberties of all Americans,” Adelstein said.

Daugaard has not announced who will be appointed to fill the District 32 seat.

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