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  • Kristi Noem

    Governor

    Mailing Address:
    500 E. Capitol
    Pierre, SD 57501

    Kristi Noem was elected in November 2018 as the 33rd Governor of South Dakota. Kristi is a wife, a mother, and a lifelong rancher, farmer and small business owner, who will bring her experiences to Pierre to improve education and workforce training, take on the drug crisis, improve mental health, and increase transparency - all without raising taxes or making government too big.

    Kristi was born and raised in rural Hamlin County in northeastern South Dakota. After a family tragedy, Kristi took over the family's farm and ranch, stabilizing the operation and providing leadership when it was needed most. An avid hunter, she later started a hunting lodge as well.

    Kristi continues to live on the farm and ranch with her husband, Bryon, and three children: Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.

    In 2006, Kristi was elected as the 6th District Representative to the South Dakota House of Representatives. During her second term, Kristi was elected to leadership by her peers, serving as Assistant Majority Leader.

    By 2010, the day-to-day challenges South Dakotans faced were primarily at the hand of a broken federal government. Kristi's commitment to common sense values earned her the opportunity to serve as South Dakota's lone Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, Kristi helped to pass a Farm Bill, which included strong livestock disaster and crop insurance programs. She also led the way to crack down on human trafficking, improve school meal regulations, and fight back against an overreaching federal government. Her work helped to triple the size of the Black Hills National Cemetery, increase support for the Lewis & Clark Rural Water Project, and protect the Hot Springs VA from closure. In 2015, Kristi earned a seat on the Ways & Means Committee, largely considered the most powerful committee in Congress. There, she played a key role in writing and passing historic tax cut legislation that put $2,400 back in the pockets of the average South Dakota family.

    Kristi is a graduate of South Dakota State University, where she earned her degree during her first term in Congress.

  • Larry Rhoden

    Lt. Governor

    Larry Rhoden was elected on a team with Governor-elect Kristi Noem; he will be South Dakota's 39th lieutenant governor. Larry is a lifelong West River rancher, a dedicated husband and father, and a proven leader with a record of service for South Dakota.

    Growing up in the church, Larry understood true service at a young age. After graduating high school, he joined the South Dakota National Guard, serving six years and carrying on a family legacy of military service that began in the Revolutionary War. While his children were young, he served as a church trustee, earned a seat on the local school board, and led the Board of Directors for the area Cenex.

    In 2000, Larry was elected to the state legislature. During his time as a citizen legislator, his peers have repeatedly selected him to serve in leadership, and he's shown an aptitude for getting things done. Larry has served as House Majority Leader and has chaired both the Senate and House State Affairs Committees. Larry worked with Kristi to reform South Dakota's tax code, led efforts to repeal the so-called "Trucker’s Tax," and shaped legislation to limit the government's eminent domain authority. His work earned him the American Conservative Union's highest ranking in 2017.

    Larry, who currently runs a cow-calf operation and custom welding business, still lives on the ranch where he was born and raised. He and his wife, Sandy, have four boys, three daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.

  • Steve Barnett

    Secretary of State

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    Mailing Address:
    Secretary of State
    500 East Capitol Avenue
    Pierre, SD 57501

    Steve and his wife Nicole hail from Aberdeen. He is a graduate of Roncalli High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. He later earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls. Steve has held positions with the South Dakota Republican Party and Wells Fargo. He also served as a Constituent Services Representative in U.S. Senator John Thune's Aberdeen district office from 2005-2010.

    In his first attempt seeking public office, the citizens of South Dakota elected Steve to the office of State Auditor on November 2, 2010. In 2018, Steve ran for and won office as South Dakota's Secretary of State.

    Steve is the grandson of the late Joe Barnett, Sr. who served as Speaker of the House and Republican Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives during his 19 years in public office.

    Steve and Nicole have three children: Emma, Henry, and William.. In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, pheasant and waterfowl hunting, and participating in triathlons.

  • Jason Ravnsborg

    Attorney General

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    (605) 773-3215

    Office Address:
    Office of the Attorney General
    1302 E Hwy 14
    Suite 1
    Pierre SD 57501-8501

    Mailing Address:
    Office of the Attorney General
    500 E. Capitol
    Pierre SD 57501

    On January 5, 2019, Jason Ravnsborg was sworn in as the 31st Attorney General of South Dakota. He serves as the chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor for the State.

    Jason graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science as well as an Army commission through ROTC. Jason received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Law while simultaneously obtaining a Masters of Arts in History and also while serving as an editor of law review.

    He participated in a clerkship after graduation before becoming a partner in the law firm of Harmelink, Fox & Ravnsborg in Yankton, South Dakota. Jason also served as a Deputy States Attorney for Union County, South Dakota. He is licensed to practice law in South Dakota and Iowa as well as the federal courts of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, the Federal Court of Claims and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Jason is a combat veteran. He has been deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom to Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. For his service he has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal along with many other awards as well as being honored for his service by Congress. Jason is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Jason has had four company commands and currently serves as a battalion commander overseeing over 600 Soldiers in the four states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri.

    In 2018, Jason was elected as South Dakota's Attorney General.

  • Rich Sattgast

    State Auditor

    Mailing Address:
    500 E. Capitol Ave.
    Pierre, SD 57501-5070

    Rich Sattgast is the current Republican South Dakota Auditor. He was first elected in 2018, and previously served as the state auditor from 2002 - 2010, and State Treasurer from 2011-2018.

    Sattgast was born and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota. He graduated from Spearfish High School and went on to earn a BS from Black Hills State University and a MPA from New Mexico Highlands University. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army and in the South Dakota National Guard for a collective for 25 years.

  • Josh Haeder

    State Treasurer

    Prior to being elected South Dakota's 33rd state treasurer, Josh Haeder was the managing partner of Haeder Organization, LLC based in Huron, SD. Haeder Organization is a property management company that focuses on affordable housing and lodging. Haeder served 4 1/2 years as the Northeast Director for US Senator Mike Rounds who is a member of the Banking Committe.

    Haeder's experience includes time as the chief operating officer for a national credit counseling agency that assists individuals and families considering bankruptcy. He also spent several years in business and agricultural banking management. Haeder's education includes a B.S. in Public Safety Management and a M.A. in Intelligence and Global Security from Point Park University.

    Haeder has been married to his wife Amanda for six years, and they have two young daughters at home, Maggie age 4 and Laikyn age 2. In his spare time, Haeder is a public address announcer for sporting activities, enjoys practicing mixed martial arts, pheasant hunting, fishing and watching Minnesota Twins baseball.

    Josh Haeder is passionate about serving South Dakota by protecting citizens' money and state accounts against cyber threats and through financial wellness education for young people. Regarding his public service, Haeder lives by the quote "If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter."

  • Ryan Brunner

    Commissioner of School and Public Lands

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    (605) 773-3303

    Office Address:
    500 E Capitol, Suite 212
    Pierre, SD 57501

    Ryan grew up on a family farm/feedlot operation in Nisland, SD and graduated from Newell High School. He received his B.S. in agricultural economics from SDSU in 2007. While he was a student, he also served as the students’ association president and was elected to the Brookings City Council. After graduating, Ryan worked for the Brookings Economic Development Corporation before being appointed the Deputy Commissioner of School and Public Lands under former Commissioners Jarrod Johnson and Vern Larson. In November, 2014, Ryan was elected as South Dakota's 27th Commissioner of School and Public Lands. Ryan now lives in Pierre with his wife Whitney, their son Callum and daughter Lilah.

  • Kristie Fiegen

    Public Utilities Commissioner

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    (605) 773-3201

    Mailing Address:
    Public Utilities Commission
    Capitol Building, 1st floor
    500 E. Capitol Ave.
    Pierre, SD 57501-5070

    Kristie Fiegen currently serves on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. She was appointed to the PUC by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Aug. 9, 2011, to fill a vacancy on the commission. Kristie was then elected to the commission in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2018. She previously served as vice chairperson of the PUC in 2012, 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Gas and Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. She is also vice president of the Southwest Power Pool's Regional State Committee. Kristie provides guidance related to the interests of the public and gas consumers to the Gas Technology Institute as a member of GTI's Public Interest Advisory Committee.

    Prior to joining the PUC, Kristie was the president of Junior Achievement of South Dakota for 17 years and was recognized as the top Junior Achievement USA President in 2008. Under Kristie's leadership, participation in Junior Achievement increased from 2,400 to more than 44,000 students annually and her team was named among the top eight franchises in the country nine times. Kristie's career also includes serving as the South Dakota area manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for nine years and as a sales representative for Monsanto Company.

    Kristie's public service career includes four terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, from 1993 to 2001. While a legislator, she served as chairperson of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

    She has been active in Rotary, the United Way and Toastmasters, and is an active member of Central Church.

    Kristie earned a bachelor's degree in commercial economics and agricultural business from South Dakota State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota. She grew up on her family's farm near Chancellor, S.D., and is a graduate of Parker High School. Kristie and her husband, Tim, live in Sioux Falls. They have been blessed with two sons, Alexander (20) a student at SDSU and Jackson (18) a senior at Parker High School.

  • Chris Nelson

    Public Utilities Commissioner

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    (605) 773-3201

    Mailing Address:
    Public Utilities Commission
    Capitol Building, 1st floor
    500 E. Capitol Ave.
    Pierre, SD 57501-5070

    Chris Nelson is currently the chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Chris was appointed Jan. 8, 2011, by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacancy on the commission and was elected by South Dakota voters in November 2012 to continue his service for the remaining four years of the term. Chris served as the PUC's chairman in 2012 and vice chairman in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

    He is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, serving as chairman of the association's Committee on Telecommunications. Additionally, Chris has been appointed to the NARUC Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications. He has been appointed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, representing the interests of NARUC.

    Previously, Chris served as Secretary of State having been elected in the 2002 general election.  Chris was unopposed for reelection in 2006 which was the first time the office was unopposed in the history of South Dakota.

    Prior to becoming Secretary of State, Chris held the position of state election supervisor in the Secretary of State's office for 13 years and was uniform commercial code supervisor in the same office for two years.

    As Secretary of State, Chris received the 2010 Excellent Service to South Dakota County Officials award from the South Dakota County Officials Association, the 2004 Hazeltine/Taylor award from South Dakota Kids Voting, and the 2003 Excellence in South Dakota Municipal Government award from the South Dakota Municipal League. In 2005, Chris was appointed as a National Governors Association representative on the United States Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors.

    Under Chris's leadership the secretary of state's office was awarded the Election Center's 2009 Professional Practices Program State Award. This annual award is given as recognition for the most outstanding election administration professional practice in the nation. The award recognizes the 2008 development and implementation of a new central election reporting system for the state.

    Following graduation from White Lake High School, Chris earned a bachelor's degree in animal science, with highest honors, from South Dakota State University in 1987.

    Chris is actively involved in his church and counts agriculture and hunting as two areas of personal interest. He maintains a part-time cattle operation. Chris, his wife Penny and daughter Rebekah reside in Pierre.

  • Gary Hanson

    Public Utilities Commissioner

    (605) 773-3201

    Mailing Address:
    Public Utilities Commission
    Capitol Building, 1st floor
    500 E. Capitol Ave.
    Pierre, SD 57501-5070

    Gary Hanson was elected to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in 2003 and re-elected in November 2008. He served as the commission's chairman in 2005, 2008 and 2011. Gary represents South Dakota on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Electricity. He served on the executive committee and as treasurer of the Organization of MISO States, is a member of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference, and represents the nation's NARUC commissioners on the steering committee of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative and is a member of the Advisory Council for New Mexico State University's Center for Public Utilities.

    Gary has served as chairman of the South Dakota Underground Pipeline Task Force, as member of Gov. Mike Rounds' Task Force on Wind Development,
    South Dakota's Energy Task Force, and Gov. George S. Mickelson's Cumulative Environmental Evaluation of Black Hills Mining Task Force. His service to the state also includes three terms in the South Dakota Senate where he was chairman of the committees of Bonding and of Government Audit and Operations, and vice chairman of the Taxation Committee.

    A native of Sioux Falls, Gary was twice elected as mayor of that city and oversaw multiple departmental operations of more than 1,200 employees. Prior to serving as mayor, Gary was Sioux Falls' utilities commissioner for six years and was responsible for the development and day-to-day activities for three municipal utilities. He owned several businesses before elected office and is a licensed real estate auctioneer, appraiser and broker.

    As a regional and industry leader, Gary was a co-founder, past president and chairman of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System, chairman of the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance, and president of the Sioux Falls Board of Realtors. He has served on the boards of directors of Lutheran Social Services Credit Counseling Advisory Board, DAV Arthur H. Muchow Independent Living Center, Sioux Falls Jaycees, Northern State University Foundation, Minnehaha Metro Communications Systems, South Dakota Water Congress, and Sister Cities Association. Gary was instrumental in the founding of the Multicultural Center in Sioux Falls, the Great Plains Waicipi, Community Drug Concerns Task Force, as well as endowments for the Sioux Falls Pavilion and the Great Plains Zoo.

    Awards and honors received by Gary include being named Distinguished Alumnus of Northern State University, Sioux Falls' City Father of the Year, YMCA Tri-State Hall of Fame, International Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellow, Outstanding Young Citizen of South Dakota, Habitat for Humanity's Hat's Off Award, Spirit of Downtown Sioux Falls Award, White Cane Safety Award, Multiple Sclerosis Society Chapter's Mayor of the Year, Children's Care Hospital Wings of Love Award, DAV's Outstanding Legislator Award, and Life Member of Lions Club Sight and Service Foundation.

    He has regularly shared his passion for athletics as a volunteer coach for a variety of youth sports. Gary actively pursues a number of interests including astronomy, carpentry, car engines, birding, genealogy, hunting, fishing, skydiving, spelunking, camping, history and sports.

    Gary and his wife, Sandy, make their home in Sioux Falls and Pierre. The couple has three children and seven grandchildren.