GOP Statement on the passing of State Representative Robert Glanzer

April 5th, 2020

GOP Statement on the passing of State Representative Robert Glanzer

Friends and family across the State of South Dakota alike are mourning the passing of Robert Glanzer, who represented District 22 (Beadle & Kingsbury Counties) this week after a long battle against the COVID-19 virus.

Robert was the first sitting lawmaker in the country to succumb to the pandemic which has most people in the country confined to their homes, but rather than focus on his illness, the South Dakota Republican Party chooses to memorialize Robert’s long history of public service and remarkable life that touched so many across the state.

According to Robert’s obituary, Bob served as a teacher and coach in his early professional career at Wessington Springs High School until 1975, when Bob was named the manager of the South Dakota State Fair, a position he served in until 1979.  He then started his banking career at Farmers and Merchants Bank, he continued in banking until retiring from American Bank & Trust in 2012.  He was elected to the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2017, where “he proudly and tirelessly served the people of South Dakota until his death.”

Representative Glanzer, who was already prepared to run again for office in 2020, is sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues.

House Majority Leader Lee Qualm noted “Representative Bob Glanzer was a true statesman, an amazing man of God and a great asset to the SD House of Representatives.  Bob was a real "salt of the earth" gentleman.  He will be greatly missed!” 

Governor Kristi Noem eulogized Representative Glanzer, and said “Bob was a man of true integrity and someone I greatly respected. He epitomized what it means to be a true statesman and worked tirelessly for the people of Beadle and Kingsbury counties as well as for our entire state.”

State Republican Party Chairman Dan Lederman stated that “Bob was a devout Christian who spent his time helping others in his community and represented his district with honor. He will be missed and his life will stand as a pillar of what we all can aspire to in being upright members of our own communities.”

Lederman asked that people please pray for Robert’s family, in that they might be comforted in their time of loss, as Robert is welcomed into Christ’s kingdom, and that they pray for and continue to support the members of Robert’s family, especially his wife Penney, who continues to fight for her health, and his niece Mari Hofer who also lost her life to COVID.