South Dakota New Members 2019

Rep.-elect Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.-At large)

DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 30, 1976
RESIDENCE: Mitchell, S.D.
OCCUPATION: Businessman
EDUCATION: B.A., University of South Dakota; M.P.A., University of Kansas
FAMILY: Wife, Jacquelyn; three sons

South Dakota native Dusty Johnson will be the state’s at-large representative in the House after defeating former Judge Tim Bjorkman (D).

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Johnson cruised to victory in the general election after defeating two other Republicans in the primary. He’ll be replacing Rep. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota will not enforce social distancing at Mount Rushmore Fourth of July event South Dakota governor says she’s working with Trump officials on Mount Rushmore flyover South Dakota governor asks Trump to intervene in checkpoint dispute with Native American tribes MORE (R-S.D.), who will be governor.

Johnson was born in Pierre, S.D., and attended the University of South Dakota, where he met his wife, Jacquelyn. He did his graduate studies at the University of Kansas.

A Truman scholar, he worked for his home state’s then-Gov. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill | Trump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects | EPA faces lawsuit alleging failure to update flaring requirements Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (R) .

Johnson first ran for elected office in 2004, winning a spot on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, becoming one of the youngest utility commissioners in the country.

He left the agency in 2011 to become chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R). Since 2014, he has been in the private sector as the vice president of Vantage Point Solutions, a telecom and consulting firm.

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