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  • Dennis Daugaard

    Governor

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    (605) 773-3212

    Mailing Address:
    Office of the Governor
    500 E Capitol Ave
    Pierre, SD 57501

    Dennis Daugaard is South Dakota's 32nd Governor.

    Daugaard grew up on his family's dairy farm between Garretson and Dell Rapids. Daugaard's grandparents had come from Denmark and purchased the farm in 1911. Both of his parents were born deaf, making sign language the principle means of communication for his family. Daugaard has been certified as an interpreter for the deaf in American Sign Language.

    Daugaard attended a one-room country school near his home until the seventh grade, when the school was consolidated into the Dell Rapids School District. Following graduation from Dell Rapids High School in 1971, Daugaard attended the University of South Dakota. He worked his way through school with jobs of washing dishes, waiting tables, welding on the Load King assembly line, and sandblasting and painting water towers for Maguire Iron. Daugaard graduated from USD in 1975 with a B.S. in Government and minors in mathematics and psychology.

    Following graduation, Daugaard attended law school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. During law school, he held jobs as a bus driver, law clerk and security guard. After earning his law degree in 1978, Daugaard passed the Illinois bar exam and worked in the Chicago area for three years.

    Daugaard moved back to South Dakota in 1981 to marry his high school girlfriend, Linda Schmidt. Two years later, they purchased the Daugaard family farmsite where, over the next year, they built their own home. Their children Laura, Sara and Chris are the fourth generation of Daugaards to live on the family farm.

    From 1981 to 1990, Daugaard worked for what is now US Bank in Sioux Falls. Daugaard was ultimately promoted to Vice President, and was responsible for trust administration and new business development in eastern South Dakota.

    In 1990, Daugaard left the bank to become the Development Director of the Children's Home Foundation, the fundraising arm of Children's Home Society of South Dakota. Daugaard worked for 12 years in that position. In 2002, he became Executive Director of Children's Home Society of South Dakota. Daugaard left Children's Home Society on October 31, 2009 to focus full-time on his campaign for governor.

    Daugaard became involved in politics in 1996 when he was elected to the state Legislature. He was re-elected by wide margins in 1998 and 2000. His legislative record was particularly focused on protecting children, helping the disabled, and getting tough on crime.

    In June 2002, Mike Rounds selected Daugaard to be his running mate as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. The Rounds/Daugaard team was elected in 2002 and reelected in 2006. As lieutenant governor, Daugaard served as President of the Senate, was instrumental in the creation of the SD Ellsworth Development Authority, and was a leader of the SD Honor Flight program.

    Daugaard successfully sought the Republican nomination for governor in June 2010, winning 50 percent in a five-person field. He and his running mate, former house speaker Matt Michels of Yankton, were elected in November 2010 with 62 percent of the vote - the highest for a new governor in over sixty years. He was sworn in as Governor on January 8, 2011. During his first year in office, Daugaard worked with the legislature to eliminate a $127 million structural deficit, without raising taxes. Last summer, he led successful state emergency response efforts to protect Pierre, Ft. Pierre, Dakota Dunes, and other river communities from massive flooding. This year, Daugaard proposed and signed legislation to focus new state dollars for education on student achievement through teacher bonuses. Daugaard has committed most of his time to creating jobs through expansion of South Dakota businesses and recruitment of new businesses.

  • Jason Gant

    Secretary of State

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    (605) 773-3537

    Mailing Address:
    Secretary of State Jason M. Gant
    State Capitol
    500 East Capitol Avenue
    Pierre SD 57501-5070

    Jason Gant is a lifelong resident of South Dakota growing up in Geddes, South Dakota as a fifth generation South Dakotan. In fact, two of Jason’s great, great grandfathers homesteaded in the very same town adjacent to the Missouri river.

    In his youth, Jason helped his father work the family farm, and in his free time raised feeder pigs as an FFA project. After graduating from Geddes High School, Jason went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota in political science and a minor in business administration.

    After graduation, Jason began working for a health insurance company, and eventually started his own healthcare consulting business in Sioux Falls. Jason has been an active member of the Sioux Falls community through volunteer efforts with the Sioux Empire United Way, Junior Achievement, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Republican Party. Jason was also a Leadership Sioux Falls participant through the Sioux Falls Chamber.

    Jason was elected to the State Senate in the fall of 2004 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. During his three terms in the South Dakota Legislature, Jason has served as Chairman of the Senate Government Operations and Audit Committee and Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, as well as a member of the Commerce, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Appropriations Committees. Jason sponsored many bills ranging from identity theft to open government to numerous bills related to the Secretary of State's Office.

    Jason was elected South Dakota's 27th Secretary of State in November of 2010. His first few months in office have been marked by several technology initiatives to help better provide information to the public. Secretary Gant already has more information on-line than any other agency in State Government, and further plans are being made to make his offices’ historic archives searchable by the taxpayers of South Dakota.

    Jason’s wife, Chris, is a Nurse Practitioner. Chris is an O'Gorman High School graduate and she received her Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in nursing from South Dakota State University. Jason and Chris have three daughters, Abbi, Sophie, and Mallory. They are members of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre, and enjoy visiting friends and family, golfing, and reading.

  • Rich Sattgast

    State Treasurer

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    (605) 773-3378

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    500 E. Capitol Ave.
    Pierre, SD 57501-5070

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

    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.

  • Steve Barnett

    State Auditor

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    (605) 773-3341

    Mailing Address:
    Office of the State Auditor
    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. He is the 27th State Auditor to serve the State of South Dakota.

    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 welcomed their first child, Emma Claire, on October 26th, 2010. In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, pheasant and waterfowl hunting, and participating in triathlons.

  • Marty Jackley

    Attorney General

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    P.O. Box 86
    Pierre, SD 57501

    Marty grew up in Sturgis, South Dakota, and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1988. He and his wife Angela currently live in Pierre with their two children, Michael, and Isabella. The Jackley family enjoys spending time at Marty's family farm near Vale, South Dakota, and also at Angela's family ranch in Meade County. Marty is an avid sportsman, and runner.

    

Marty graduated with Honors from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1992, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He received eight varsity Athletic "M" awards in Track and Cross Country, and has obtained his Engineer-in-Training Certification.

    

Marty received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1995. From 1995-97, Marty served as a law clerk for the US Federal District Court - District of South Dakota in Rapid City.

    He then joined the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, & Ashmore, LLP. As a partner, Marty's practice areas focused primarily on criminal law, civil and business litigation, construction/engineering law, Indian law, and environmental/water law. While in private practice, Marty also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota prosecuting primarily controlled substance felonies. 



    In 2006, Marty was appointed and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. During his tenure as US Attorney, the office prosecuted recorded high numbers of both cases and individuals, while fiscally remaining within budget. As US Attorney, he served on both the US Attorney General's Subcommittees for Controlled Substances and the Subcommittees for Native American Issues, and the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board.



    Throughout his diverse career, Marty has gained extensive jury trial experience in federal and state courts through both criminal and civil litigation. Marty's extensive trial experience includes murder, assault, financial crimes, controlled substances, and other felony cases, as well as complex business and tort litigation. Marty was recognized as the South Dakota Prosecutor of the Year for 2008 from the South Dakota State's Attorney's Association. He has been honored to serve as a National Advocacy Center Instructor in South Carolina for Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy for Assistant United States Attorneys.


    
On September 4, 2009, Marty was sworn in as the 30th Attorney General for the State of South Dakota. Marty was honored in the 2010 election to be chosen by South Dakota voters to server another term as Attorney General. Marty has a proven record of leading an office that protects families and is committed to crime prevention. South Dakota's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force proactively protects children from sexual predators, while South Dakota's Child Abduction Response Team has received national certification for its ability to respond to a missing child emergency. The Attorney General's Office has worked with the Legislature to strengthen the sex offender registry, and to develop a prescription drug monitoring program that emphasizes prevention over prosecution. South Dakota's 24/7 Alcohol Sobriety and Monitoring Program has been extended across South Dakota and the nation. The sobriety program has reduced the likelihood for alcohol re-offenses and requires the offenders to pay all of the program costs. The Attorney General's consumer division has further helped thousands of South Dakota consumers recover millions from scam artists and unfair business practices.