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Press Releases


Jan 10, 2019

Noem to Appoint Secretary of Social Services

Governor Kristi Noem today announced that M. Gregory DeSautel, MD will join her cabinet as Secretary of Social Services. He will officially be appointed February 1. Read more . . .

Jan 08, 2019

Noem Orders Capitol Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Lawmaker

Gov. Kristi Noem has ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. CST until sunset on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to honor the life of former state legislator Kenneth “K.O.” Kauth of Huron. Read more . . .

Jan 03, 2019

Noem Taps New Underwood Native for Policy Team

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Jason Simmons, a New Underwood native, will join her staff as a policy advisor. Read more . . .

Dec 28, 2018

Noem Announces District 9 Legislative Appointment

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Rhonda Milstead of Sioux Falls to represent District 9 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after Representative-elect Deb Peters announced she would not take the oath of office in January. Milstead will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Read more . . .

Dec 28, 2018

Noem Announces Cabinet and Staff Hires

Governor-elect Noem today announced the following cabinet and staff hires: Read more . . .

Dec 27, 2018

Noem to Appoint Hughes County Sheriff to Cabinet Seat

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Sheriff Michael Leidholt will join her administration as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. Read more . . .

Dec 26, 2018

Noem Announces Secretary of Tribal Relations

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that David Flute, a lifelong member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, will join her administration as Secretary of Tribal Relations. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2018

Final Day For Viewing Capitol Christmas Trees Dec. 25

The final days for viewing capitol Christmas trees are near. The decorated Christmas trees in the South Dakota Capitol will only be on display through Tuesday, Dec. 25. The display is open daily to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2018

Noem Selects DSU Dean to Lead Department of Education

Governor-elect Kristi Noem, a long-time advocate for education, today announced that Dr. Ben Jones will join her administration as Interim Secretary of Education. Read more . . .

Dec 20, 2018

Noem Announces Another Wave of Staff Hires

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced another wave of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2018

Noem Announces District 31 Legislative Appointment

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that she will appoint Dayle Hammock of Spearfish to represent District 31 in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The vacancy was created after the passing of Rep. Chuck Turbiville, who was reelected posthumously on November 6. Hammock will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Read more . . .

Dec 19, 2018

Noem Taps Vanneman for Secretary of Agriculture

Following a nation-wide search to find the best and brightest to serve South Dakota’s largest industry, Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Kim Vanneman will join her cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. Read more . . .

Dec 18, 2018

Noem Names Appointment for Veterans Affairs Secretary

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Greg Whitlock will join her administration as Secretary for Veterans Affairs. Read more . . .

Dec 13, 2018

Noem Applauds TAG Following Retirement Announcement

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today applauded the dedicated service of Major General Timothy A. Reisch following his retirement announcement. Reisch has served as The Adjutant General (TAG) for South Dakota since April 2011. He will continue serving until his retirement in June 2019. Read more . . .

Dec 07, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Announces Staff Hires

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced a key round of governor’s office staff hires. The following people will begin serving on January 5, 2019. Read more . . .

Dec 06, 2018

Noem Announces GOED Appointment

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced that Steve Westra will serve in her administration as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Read more . . .

Dec 04, 2018

Noem Statement on Governor Daugaard’s Final Budget Address

Governor-elect Noem released the following statement following Governor Dennis Daugaard's final Budget Address: Read more . . .

Dec 03, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Seeks Public Input for District 9 House Nomination

Governor-elect Kristi Noem is seeking public input as she looks to appoint a service-first South Dakotan to fill the District 9 House vacancy. The opening was created after Representative-elect Deb Peters announced she would not be taking the oath of office in January. Peters will continue serving until January 4, 2019. Governor-elect Noem will appoint a legislator to serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Read more . . .

Dec 01, 2018

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor The Life Of Former President George H.W. Bush

President Donald Trump has ordered flags at half-staff immediately for 30 days to honor the life of former President George H.W. Bush. Read more . . .

Nov 30, 2018

Capitol Portrait of Gov. Daugaard To Be Unveiled

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s official portrait will be unveiled for the public on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The brief ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. CST, following the Governor’s budget address. Read more . . .

Nov 30, 2018

Gov. Daugaard To Give Farewell Address and Final Budget Proposal on Tuesday

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will give his farewell address and final budget proposal on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. CST in the state House Chamber. Read more . . .

Nov 29, 2018

Noem Invites "Trailblazers" to Apply for Cabinet Openings, Announces Key Administration Appointments

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced a targeted talent search for seven key cabinet posts: Secretary of Education, Secretary of Agriculture, Commissioner of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Secretary of Social Services, Secretary of Human Services, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Tribal Relations. Read more . . .

Nov 26, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Names Leadership Team

Governor-elect Kristi Noem today announced three key leadership team positions for her Governor’s office. Read more . . .

Nov 21, 2018

South Dakota Maintains Highest Ratings with Moody’s and S&P

Today, Standard & Poor Global announced it has reaffirmed South Dakota’s AAA Issuer Credit Rating with a stable outlook. Read more . . .

Nov 19, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Invites "Best and Brightest" to Serve in State Government

New website offers opportunity to submit resumes and stay updated on transition. Read more . . .

Nov 16, 2018

Christmas At The Capitol Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The 2018 Grand Lighting Ceremony for Christmas at the South Dakota Capitol will take place in the rotunda on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. CST. Read more . . .

Nov 14, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Roger Hunt

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Monday, Nov. 19, to honor the life of former state legislator Roger Hunt. Read more . . .

Nov 10, 2018

Governor's Statement on the Passing of Former House Speaker Roger Hunt

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of former House Speaker Roger Hunt, who passed away last night: Read more . . .

Nov 09, 2018

Governor-elect Noem Announces Transition Team

Governor-elect Kristi Noem and Lieutenant Governor-elect Larry Rhoden today announced the membership of their transition team. Read more . . .

Nov 08, 2018

Flags Half-Staff For Thousand Oaks Victims

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated in Thousand Oaks, California, on Wednesday, November 7. Read more . . .

Nov 07, 2018

Governor’s Statement on Gubernatorial Election Results

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to South Dakota’s gubernatorial election results: Read more . . .

Nov 07, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For John Timmer

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Nov. 10, to honor the life of former state legislator John Timmer. Read more . . .

Nov 06, 2018

Governor's Statement on United States Congressional Election Results

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to the United States congressional election results: Read more . . .

Nov 02, 2018

Scott Stern To Depart As GOED Commissioner

Scott Stern will leave his position as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) at the end of this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today. Read more . . .

Nov 01, 2018

Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk to Retire

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk will retire in early January. Read more . . .

Nov 01, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags Remain At Half-Staff To Honor South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter

In honor of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Nov. 5, the day of Justice Zinter’s funeral. Read more . . .

Oct 31, 2018

State of South Dakota Reaches Settlement In Remote Seller Law Litigation

Governor Dennis Daugaard and Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the State of South Dakota has entered into a settlement agreement and stipulation of dismissal in State of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock and Newegg. Read more . . .

Oct 30, 2018

Governor Daugaard Orders Flags Half-Staff In Honor Of Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter

Governor Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement on the death of South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Zinter: Read more . . .

Oct 29, 2018

Governor and First Lady To Welcome Halloween Visitors

Gov. Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard will give Halloween treats to children who come to trick-or-treat at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. CDT. Read more . . .

Oct 29, 2018

President Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Pittsburgh Victims

President Donald Trump has called for flags at half-staff out of respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Read more . . .

Oct 26, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders Capitol Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Former State Legislator Michael J. O’Connor

Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered flags at the South Dakota State Capitol to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to honor the life of former state legislator Michael J. O’Connor, of Brandon, on the day of his funeral. Read more . . .

Oct 26, 2018

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement on The Execution of Rodney Berget

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to the scheduled execution of Rodney Berget on Monday: Read more . . .

Oct 25, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Requests Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Rep. Chuck Turbiville

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset on Monday, Oct. 29, to honor the life of state Rep. Chuck Turbiville, of Deadwood, on the day of his funeral. Read more . . .

Oct 21, 2018

Gov. Daugaard's Statement On The Passing Of State Rep. Chuck Turbiville

Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered the following statement on the death this weekend of State Rep. Charles M. "Chuck" Turbiville: "I’m very sorry to hear of Chuck Turbiville’s passing. Chuck was a true gentleman. He always worked hard for Deadwood, Lawrence County, and our state. Chuck was a good friend and he made every visit to Deadwood special. Linda and I will miss him and we extend our sympathies to his family." Read more . . .

Oct 10, 2018

DPS Secretary Jones To Depart

DPS Secretary Trevor Jones announced today that he has accepted a position with Dakota State University, working in the university’s digital forensics lab. Read more . . .

Oct 09, 2018

Gov. Daugaard’s Statement On E15

Gov. Dennis Daugaard today issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement on year-round E15. Read more . . .

Oct 03, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Appoints Sandra Hoglund Hanson As Second Circuit Judge

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Sandra Hoglund Hanson, of Sioux Falls, as a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit. Read more . . .

Sep 28, 2018

First Lady's Column: Commit To Know More About Foster Parenting

In any given month over the last year there were around 1,600 children across South Dakota in state custody. These are children who have been removed from their homes by a court order for safety reasons. They are victims of abuse and neglect who, by no fault of their own, have no other place to go. Read more . . .

Sep 18, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Orders State Capitol Flags At Half-Staff For Dorothy Kellogg

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Friday, Sept. 21, to honor the life of former state legislator Dorothy Kellogg. Read more . . .

Sep 12, 2018

Gov. Daugaard Signs Special Session Bills

After leading the U.S. Supreme Court victory in taxation of remote sales, South Dakota will soon be among the states benefiting from the Wayfair decision. Read more . . .