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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.

  • Shantel Krebs

    SD Secretary of State

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    (605) 351-5916

    Shantel Krebs was sworn in as South Dakota’s 28th Secretary of State on January 2nd, 2015.  Prior to that she served three terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives followed by two terms in the state Senate.    Shantel was chairwoman of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and also served on the Health and Transportation committees.  She was chairwoman of the House Transportation committee in 2008-2010.  She was a majority whip in the State House in 2006-2008 and a Senate majority whip in 2010-2012.

    Shantel is a fourth generation South Dakotan born and raised in Kingsbury County. She comes from a long history of family farming and entrepreneurship. She was previously employed in the healthcare industry, and also owned and operated two retail stores in downtown Sioux Falls as well as owning her own consulting firm for small businesses and organizations. 

    A lifelong South Dakotan, Shantel graduated from Arlington High School in 1991 and earned a Business Administration degree from Dakota State University.

    She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Xcel Energy Advisory board, DSU Foundation board, Southeast Council of Governments, Vice Chair of the State Republican Party, Vice Chair of the Minnehaha County Republican Party, SD Symphony Orchestra board, Past President American Business Women's Association, SD Voices for Children, Southeastern Behavioral Health Festival of Trees co-chair, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Leadership Sioux Falls.  Krebs also co-chaired the First Lutheran Church capital campaign.

    Awards she has received include FFA State Farmer Award, American Business Women's Association Woman of the Year, 2004 Southeastern Behavioral Health Donors of the Year, Dakota State University Distinguished Alumnus, 2011 Associated General Contractors Highway Champion, 2011 Association of Townships Friend of Local Government, 2012 South Dakota Farmer's Union Distinguished Legislative Leader, 2012 Soybean Advocate Award, 2012 SD State Fair Legislative Beef Showmanship champion and 2014 SD Corn Growers Association Legislator of the Year.  Krebs has spoken at numerous events throughout the Midwest on various topics including women in business, business startup, agricultural issues and leadership development.  Krebs was also selected in 2012 as a national delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders to China and Taiwan.  Shantel particularly enjoys raising buffalo and horses, pheasant hunting and playing the saxophone.

    Shantel has been married for 15 years to her husband, Mitch and they live on a small ranch in Stanley County.

  • Rich Sattgast

    State Treasurer

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    (605) 773-3378

    Mailing Address:
    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 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.

  • 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.