William Janklow, U. S. Congressman (Republican, SD), Governor of South Dakota (Republican), Explanation of his late night calling of the Plankinton Juvenile Detention Facility and ordering staff to allow him to talk to two young girls who had complained of abuses to a state legislator. He defended his action where the girls did not have any attorneys present or whose parents had not authorized the conversations and criticism that they were to be witnesses in legal proceedings and the calls might be viewed as intimidation of witnesses, Quoted in Mother Jones, December 2000
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William John Janklow was an American politician and member of the Republican Party who holds the record for the longest tenure as Governor of South Dakota: sixteen years in office. Janklow has the second longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,851 days.