Tony Venhuizen - Director of Policy and Communications
Tony Venhuizen serves on the Governor’s Executive Committee as the Director of Policy and Communications. Prior to work in the Daugaard administration, Tony spent five years on the Board of Regents, worked on the Rounds for Governor campaigns of 2002 and 2006, was a law clerk in the First Judicial Circuit of South Dakota, and served as Campaign Manager on the Daugaard for Governor campaign.
Tony, a 2001 graduate of Armour High School, went on to earn a History and Political Science degree at SDSU, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Tony pursued his post-graduate work at The University of South Dakota, where he earned his JD from the School of Law.
Tony and his wife Sara, an electrical engineer, live in Pierre and recently became parents with the birth of their first son, Henry. Tony enjoys studying US History, in particular the American Presidency, and is a self-described Winston Churchill enthusiast. His hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and James Bond films, and following the Green Bay Packers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.