Party Leadership › Secretary

Kristi Wagner was raised on a farm near Long Lake, South Dakota; graduating from Leola High School. After four years and a business degree from the University of South Dakota, an array of experience in the business world, Kristi now owns the Rushmore Center for Civic Leadership.  Through her consulting business, she provides communities, corporations, businesses and non-profits with organizational, economic and community development.

Kristi’s first involvement with the SDGOP began with TARs and the USD College Republicans.  She has been a member of the Tripp County Central Committee Leadership Team, Brown County Central Committee Chairman and Treasurer, as well as the Lawrence County Committee Woman and Secretary.  Kristi enjoys volunteering throughout the Black Hills with a variety of Republican groups, and has served as a District Representative to the SDGOP Central Committee, as well as the SDGOP Vice-Chair. 

Kristi has attended many South Dakota State GOP conventions, as well as proudly representing South Dakota as a Delegate, to the National Republican Conventions in New York and Tampa.

In her free time, Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends. Riding her motorcycle and snowmobile, as well as other involvement in her church and community. Kristi and her husband Kip make their home in Whitewood, SD. Together they have two children Kevin; currently studying at USD, and Katie, along with son-in-law James Washnok, lives in Aberdeen.