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"Behind every successful man is a strong woman." My wife, Linda, is a great partner to me, a loving mother to our three children, and a talented educator and librarian. South Dakota is fortunate to have her as First Lady. - Dennis

About Linda

As South Dakota’s First Lady, Linda Daugaard is an advocate for children and families. She is traveling the state to promote reading to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and facilitate a statewide book exchange. She chaired the Governor’s Infant Mortality Task Force in 2011 and is sharing the results by promoting safe sleeping environments for babies. Linda is an advocate of reducing non-medical early deliveries.

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Linda's Background

Linda (Schmidt) Daugaard grew up in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. She is the third of twelve children. After graduating from Dell Rapids St. Mary’s High School in 1971, Linda attended South Dakota State University and obtained her degree in physical education and a teaching certificate. She then returned to Dell Rapids where she taught and coached the school’s first girls basketball team. Linda also worked several years at the university level at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and the University of California-Davis in Davis, CA.

Linda and Dennis both returned to South Dakota and married in 1981. They have three children, Laura, Sara and Chris. Linda has worked as a school librarian and served on state and local library boards. She has also worked as a committee secretary for the South Dakota legislature during Dennis’ time in Pierre as a state senator.

Since becoming South Dakota’s first lady in January of 2011, Linda continues to work hard promoting reading and keeping South Dakota children safe.