• December 2018
  • A PUBLICATION OF THE SIOUX FALLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's
annual guide to Sioux Falls area legislators


Advocacy is a vital component of your Chamber membership. Decisions made by elected officials frequently and directly aftfect the way business is conducted. Providing members with essential information on the legislative process is a crucial element in fulfilling the Chamber's advocacy objectives.

One way the Chamber helps inform members on advocacy initiatives leading into the upcoming legislative session is to provide information about Sioux Falls area legislators. Districts 6, 9-16 and 25 are included in the Sioux Falls area.

Several events will be held during the session to connect the business community with legislators. Please refer to the complete legislative calendar.

For more information about issues during the legislative session, read the weekly Bill Tracker (available via email or online at siouxfallschamber.com), subscribe to the Chamber Advocate email or podcast, follow @SFAreaAdvocate on Twitter or contact a member of the Chamber's Public Affairs team at (605) 336-1620.


District 6

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Sen. Ernie Otten (R)
46787 273rd St.
Tea, SD 57064
(605) 368-5716
ernie.otten@gmail.com
Term: 4th

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
In the northern end of Lincoln County when Highway 100 & the 85th Street Bridge are complete in a few years, if as a state we stay pro-business, we'll see large commercial growth which will help stabilize our property tax base and provide new employment opportunities for another generation.

District 9

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Sen. Wayne Steinhauer (R)
26581 E. Shore Pl.
Hartford, SD 57033
(605) 359-6298
repsteinhauer@gmail.com
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Several areas of focus include quality of life issues, access to health care for our elderly, funding of existing Medicaid providers and mental health issues. Also, education, workforce development and growing opportunities in SD are all related. Solutions must not be burdened with too much 'one size fits all' regulations from Pierre.

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Rep. Isaac Latterell (R)
P.O. Box 801
Tea, SD 57064
(605) 368-1002
isaac.latterell@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 4th

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Legislator did not respond.                                                            

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Rep. Deb Peters (R)
705 N. Sagehorn Dr.
Hartford, SD 57033
(605) 321-4168
deb@debpeters.com
Term: 4th

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My top priority for this legislative session will be to create public-private partnerships between the State of South Dakota, healthcare providers and nonprofit associations to find common and creative solutions to our provider payments methodology, the increasing mental health crisis and opioid epidemic.

Note: Peters announced Dec. 3 that she will resign her seat effective Jan. 4. A replacement has yet to be named.

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Rep. Herman Otten (R)
P.O. Box 325
Tea, SD 57064
(605) 941-1770
herman.otten@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 4th

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Legislator did not respond.                                                            

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Rep. Michael Saba (D)
26560 N. Shore Pl.
Hartford, SD 57033
(605) 526-5000
sabamps@aol.com
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My priority is to serve my constituents in every way. My constituents voted for me and now it is my responsibility to vote for them in the Legislature. I will bring new business and with my international background, new dollars from the international market place.



District 10

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Sen. Margaret Sutton (R)
408 N. Linwood Ct.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 929-1592
maggie.igwt@gmail.com
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
We have seen an alarming increase of illegal drug use in South Dakota. It affects all economic levels and the death toll has become a disturbing statistic. The problem also affects our court systems and prisons, in addition to our juvenile justice system and mental health cases. We have some serious challenges ahead.

District 11

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Sen. Jim Stalzer (R)
5909 W. Bristol Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 838-0354
jim.stalzer@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My top priority for the 2019 session will be to follow up with any action needed to assure the successful implementation of SB 91, my bill to create a Veterans Cemetery near Sioux Falls that was passed in the 2018 session.

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Rep. Doug Barthel (R)
8713 E. Palametto St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57110
(605) 321-7055
doug.barthel@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Although revenue numbers are looking a little better, the needs are many in our state. A prime example of this is our community support providers that are sorely in need of additional funding just to maintain a stable workforce. We will continue to look for efficiencies and prioritize to meet these many needs.

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Rep. Chris Karr (R)
7421 W. Luke Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 695-0391
chris.karr@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Legislator did not respond.                                                            

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Rep. Steven Haugaard (R)
1601 E. 69th St., Suite 302
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 334-1121
steve@haugaardlaw.com
Term: 3rd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
I will work with the members of both the House and Senate to strengthen the Legislature to better serve the long-term interests of the citizens of the state. We will also develop plans to address the ongoing drug, alcohol and mental illness issues which are affecting our state.

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Rep. Mark Willadsen (R)
7712 W. Benelli Cir.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 361-6104
mark.willadsen@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 3rd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My top priority is to work with my fellow Legislators and the new administration in holding the line on taxes.



District 12

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Sen. R. Blake Curd (R)
38 S. Riverview Hts.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 331-5890
blake.curd@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Legislator did not respond.                                                            

District 13

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Sen. Jack Kolbeck (R)
1124 E. Plum Creek Rd.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(605) 332-6490
jack.kolbeck@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My top priority will be a balanced budget. I will work to see the newly implemented internet sales tax that will be collected by the State to be used to reduce the sales tax and property tax as it was intended to do as passed by the 2016 Legislature.

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Rep. Arch Beal (R)
4815 N. Northview Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
(605) 336-3034
sfbudman@aol.com
Term: 3rd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
I will serve as the Assistant Majority Leader, along with those duties I am concerned about the ongoing battle of workforce development. I know the challenges South Dakota businesses face. There are simply too many jobs and not enough workers. The limited supply of skillful workers is concerning.

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Rep. Sue Peterson (R)
6405 S. Killarney Cir.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 371-1668
sue.peterson@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Working together to find solutions to the opioid/meth epidemic. This epidemic affects individuals and families of all ages, races and economic status. It impacts law enforcement, child protection, prison overcrowding, workforce, education, accessible housing and financial resources at all levels of state and local government.

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Rep. Manny Steele (R)
3220 W. Zephyr Pl., Unit #1
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 261-3575
barbmanny78@gmail.com
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Make a more responsible government. Which means more accountability and transparency from each of our departments. Government spends too freely and raises taxes and fees too easily. The government needs to preserve the income from our educational Trust Fund to preserve that income and prevent raising taxes in the future. No income tax.

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Rep. Kelly Sullivan (D)
1004 S. Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
(480) 694-1566
kelly.sullivan@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My priorities are to represent all of District 13 whilst advocating for women, LGBTQ and underrepresented communities in our state. In addition, I will work to move education forward, including teacher pay, as well as finding a way to reallocate funds to ensure our children have the best educational opportunities, beginning in pre-k.



District 14

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Sen. Deb Soholt (R)
2628 E. Regency Ct.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 321-5931
deb.soholt@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 4th

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
To tackle our mental health and addiction issues that threaten the vitality of our communities. We will need to be serious about leveraging our collective best – state, counties, cities – to change the current trajectory. It will be important, and challenging, to secure sustainable funding for initiatives that show healing promise.

District 15

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Sen. Reynold Nesiba (D)
201 S. Menlo Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 371-6311
reynold.nesiba@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Education deserves more resources. We remain one of seven states without state-funded pre-K-education and one of two without a pre-k council. Our college students have higher levels of student debt because SD grants about $12 to each federally qualified Pell Grant recipient. Minnesota grants $1,600 and Wyoming gives $2,200. Our kids deserve better.

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Rep. Erin Healy (D)
2801 E. Marson Dr., #116
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 212-9597
erin@healyforhouse.com
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Paying teachers competitive wages to attract talent and investing in early childhood education are my priorities in the 2019 session. Advancing in education would create better students, schools that are more efficient and economic gain. By re-prioritizing state spending, we can invest in a brighter future for South Dakota.

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Rep. Linda K. Duba (D)
421 N. Phillips Ave., #309
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 610-6590
linda.dubadistrict15@midco.net
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
I am passionate about providing quality public education to young South Dakotans from pre-school through post high school. We need to ensure education is affordable and that we have provide social/emotional support to students/teachers. Children are South Dakota's future and need the best resources to succeed.

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Rep. Larry Zikmund (R)
2405 E. 52nd St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 373-0975
lzikmund@sio.midco.net
Term: 3rd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My top priority will be veteran issues and vocational and technical education.

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Rep. Jamie Smith (D)
512 N. Euclid Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 339-3583
jamie@hegg.com
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Education remains my top priority. Education is the foundation for a strong economy and workforce development. South Dakota needs to improve access to quality pre-k programs throughout our state. We also must do something about needs based scholarships for our college and tech school students.



District 16

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Sen. Jim Bolin (R)
403 W. 11th St.
Canton, SD 57103
(605) 261-9669
jwbolin@gmail.com
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
The #1 job of the legislature in every session is to produce a balanced budget that meets the basic needs of the state. In a year in which we have a new governor, just getting to know her priorities and goals and relating to her and her staff should be a key objective, or policy changes can wait.

District 25

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Sen. Kris Langer (R)
600 W. 7th St.
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
(605) 321-9224
tjlanger@siouxvalley.net
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Growing our economy and workforce development continues to be a top issue. With growth, we are able to provide more for our Medicaid providers, mental health providers, schools, social services, law enforcement and other essential services. Creating amenities and employment options will attract others to SD and encourage our young people to stay.

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Rep. David Anderson (R)
29177 477th Ave.
Hudson, SD 57034
(605) 310-1645
david.anderson@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 3rd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
My top priority is, of course, balancing the budget in a way that is effective and fair. It will also be important to develop a good working relationship with the new administration.

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Rep. Jon Hansen (R)
47484 Dells Dr.
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
(605) 428-4570
hansen.jonathon@gmail.com
Term: 1st

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
For businesses and employees, I'll work to keep taxes and fees low, provide a fair and stable business environment, ensure our infrastructure need are met, foster open and efficient government and improve education to help build a competent workforce.

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Rep. Kevin Jensen (R)
27808 484th Ave.
Canton, SD 57103
(605) 987-4296
kevin.jensen@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
Juvenile offenders are not being held accountable for their actions. Currently a person under 18 years old cannot be arrested for any crime other than a felony. We have adults in jail for third degree burglaries, while a juvenile simply gets a citation and probation. The system needs a balanced correction.

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Rep. Tom Pischke (R)
503 E. 12th St.
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
(605) 999-2948
tom.pischke@sdlegislature.gov
Term: 2nd

What is your top priority for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session?
To make South Dakota great again.

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