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Annual Guide to Sioux Falls Area Legislators

By Mike Lynch
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce asked legislators in Districts 6, 9-16 and 25 to submit information for the Chamber's annual legislative guide.

The following guide shares legislators' contact information as well as their goals for the session or what they feel will be a major issue. Several legislators also share information via Twitter and their Twitter handles are shared if submitted. You can follow the Chamber's advocacy efforts via Twitter at @SFAreaAdvocate. The Chamber will also live tweet at legislative events related to the legislative session; look for more information and hashtags to follow.

Bookmark this legislative guide and use it during the session to contact Sioux Falls area legislators. You can also find legislator contact information at www.siouxfallschamber.com under the Advocacy tab. This legislative guide will also be available at all Chamber legislative events.

Sioux Falls is included in all or part of seven districts (9-15); districts 6, 16 and 25 have also been included because they are in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

Another way you can reach legislators while they are in Pierre is to leave a message. For a Senator, call (605) 773-3821 and for a Representative, call (605) 773-3851 and your message will be delivered.


DISTRICT 6 - SENATE
Ernie Otten

Sen. Ernie Otten (R) - Majority Whip
46787 273rd St., Tea, SD 57064
Occupation: Contractor
Phone: (605) 368-5716
Email: ernie.otten@gmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Funding of our infrastructure and teacher pay.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Live within our budget while trying to improve our business climate by bringing in both larger & entrepreneurial businesses Provide a well-educated workforce to draw those new businesses willing to pay higher wages into our state. South Dakota´s infrastructure is in need of immediate improvements and we need to expand our rail lines. We now have to decide how to provide the funds necessary to repair our local townships´ roads and bridges.

DISTRICT 6 - HOUSE
Herman Otten

Rep. HERMAN OTTEN (R)
27085 McNelly Pl., Tea, SD 57064-0325
Occupation: Construction
Phone: (605) 498-5460
Email:hermanottendist6@gmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
I believe teacher pay will receive a lot of attention this year along with finding additional sources for road funding.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Provide more funds for our four tech schools and help them become more independent.
Help the Legislature exert more control over the budget.
Review work on some public notices legislation.

Issac Latterell

Rep. Isaac Latterell (R)
PO Box 801, Tea, SD 57064
Occupation: Technology consultant
Phone: (605) 368-1002
Email:isaac@isaaclatterell.com
Twitter Handle: @isaaclatterell

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
This session, the most important issue will be how our state will prepare for looming high inflation and a severe economic contraction.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Join other states seeking to pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and other amendments to clarify proper federal authority Audit the departments and programs of the state government to remove fraud, waste and directing savings to those who need it the most Prevent unborn children from being targeted with violent, immoral and discriminatory killing by abortion.

DISTRICT 9 - SENATE
Deb Peters

Sen. Deb PeterS (R)
705 N. Sagehorn Dr., Hartford, SD 57033
Occupation: Small business owner/accountant
Phone: (605) 321-4168
Email: deb@debpeters.com
Twitter Handle: @DebPetersForSD

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Implement good fiscal policy.
Balance the state´s budget.
Review the state´s tax policy to maximize economic development.

DISTRICT 9 - HOUSE
Paula Hawks

Rep. Paula HAWKS (D) - Minority Whip
405 Tessa Ave., Hartford, SD 57033
Occupation: Training specialist
Phone: (605) 254-2440
Email: paulahawks9@hotmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
It is imperative that we expand Medicaid to provide affordable preventative healthcare options for all South Dakotans.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Incentives for education professionals.
Access to affordable healthcare for all South Dakotans.
Public safety initiatives.

Steve Hickey

Rep. Steve Hickey (R)
4501 N. Ellis Rd., Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Occupation: Clergy
Phone: (605) 321-5430
Email: stevehickey67@gmail.com
Twitter Handle: @stevehickey

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Better fund Minnehaha County
Road funding, including the gas tax.
Repeal the death penalty.

DISTRICT 10 - HOUSE
Jenna Haggar

Rep. Jenna Haggar (R)

No information provided.

Don Haggar

Rep. Don Haggar (R) - Majority Whip
PO Box 1532, Sioux Falls SD 57101
Occupation: Esurance management
Phone: (605) 360-8130
Email: donhaggar@yahoo.com
Twitter Handle: @donhaggar

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
How to adequately fund our state´s roads and bridges will be the most significant issue we handle this session.

Steven Haugaard

Rep. Steven Haugaard (R)
47629 258th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Occupation: Attorney
Phone: (605) 941-1434
Email: steve@haugaardlaw.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
State and county infrastructure needs as well as reasonable control of the associated taxes which will be used to achieve those improvements.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Infrastructure support (state and county roads).
Improve use of funds for social services.
Improve use of funds for corrections.

DISTRICT 11 - SENATE
David Omdahl

Sen. David Omdahl (R)
1300 Hyde Park Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Occupation: Engineer/auctioneer
Phone: (605) 323-0098
Email: omdahlforsenate@gmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Pass legislation implementing the Article V Convention of States to limit the over-regulation, over-taxation, and out-of-control spending of the Federal Government.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Do not overburden businesses with unnecessary regulation.
Prioritize and use a common sense approach to taxation.
Promote long term energy development in our state.

DISTRICT 11 - HOUSE
Jim Stalzer

Rep. Jim Stalzer (R)
5909 W. Bristol Dr., Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Occupation: Retired (information technology)
Phone: (605) 366-5874
Email: jim.stalzer@gmail.com
Twitter Handle: @jimstalzer

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Pass a delegate limitation bill to limit the power of any delegates sent to an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Pass a resolution calling for an Article V Convention to propose a federal balanced budget amendment.
Maintain our high ranking as a business-friendly state.

Mark Willadsen

Rep. Mark Willadsen (R)
7712 W. Bernelli Cir., Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Occupation: Insurance agent
Phone: (605) 321-6926
Email: rep.willadsen@state.sd.us

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
I think the most important issue will be the bills coming from the Transportation Summer Study on financing our roads.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Balance the budget.
Working on funding for roads.
Funding for education, those who can´t help themselves, corrections.

DISTRICT 12 - SENATE
Blake Curd

Sen. Blake curd (R)

No information provided.

DISTRICT 12 - HOUSE
Arch Beal

Rep. Arch Beal (R)
4815 N. Northview Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Occupation: Business owner
Phone: (605) 336-2988
Email: rep.beal@state.sd.us

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Revenue spending looking toward the future to ensure South Dakota needs are taken care of due to potential funds reduction from the federal level.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Learn the legislative system and budget process to ensure a balance budget.
Build a qualified workforce.
Pass legislation that insures the well-being of the people first and long-term needs of the state.

Alex Jensen

Rep. Alex Jensen (R)
5915 S. Remington Pl., Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Occupation: Realtor/small business owner
Phone: (605) 212-4407
Email: alex@thejensenconnection.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Workforce development

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Workforce development.
Maintain friendly business environment.
Education.

DISTRICT 13 - SENATE
Phyllis Heineman

Sen. Phyllis Heineman (R)
2005 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Occupation: Homemaker/former teacher
Phone: (605) 610-5453
Email: sen.heineman@state.sd.us
Twitter Handle: @PhyllisHeineman

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
As a member of Appropriations, our greatest responsibility is ensuring that our $4-plus billion budget effectively delivers the results the public wants.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Sustain the successful policies that make South Dakota the top business climate in the nation.
Confront the challenges in education, workforce development, healthcare and public safety.
Deliver results.

DISTRICT 13 - HOUSE
Mark Michkelson

Rep. Mark Mickelson (R) - Speaker Pro Tempore
2901 S. Fifth Ave., Sioux Falls SD 57105
Occupation: Mickelson & Company
Phone: (605) 951-7960
Email: rep.mickelson@state.sd.us

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Balance the budget.
Technical institute governance and funding.
Economic development.

Steve Westra

Rep. Steve Westra (R) - Assistant Majority Leader
5100 S. Twinleaf Dr., Sioux Falls, SD 57108-2843
Occupation: COO of Hegg Companies, Inc.
Phone: (605) 336-2111
Email: swestra@heggcompanies.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Meeting all funding needs with limited state resources.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Economic development for South Dakota.
Education.
Streamline regulation.

DISTRICT 14 - SENATE
Deb Soholt

Sen. Deb Soholt (R)
2628 E. Regency Ct., Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Occupation: Registered nurse/healthcare director
Phone: (605) 321-5931
Email: sen.soholt@state.sd.us
Twitter Handle: @soholtdeb

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Becoming clear on strategic priorities that most powerfully move South Dakota forward and funding to achieve.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Workforce development.
Healthcare coverage.
K-12, post-secondary, technical school funding.

DISTRICT 14 - HOUSE
Larry Zikmund

Rep. Larry Zikmund (D)
2405 E. 52nd St., Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Occupation: Retired (association management and education)
Phone: (605) 373-0975
Email: lzikmund@sio.midco.net

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Education and workforce development. K-12 funding, including teacher salaries, technical institute changes and support. Finding support for roads and bridges will also be a key issue.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Education and workforce development.
Keeping taxes low.
Holding the line on government spending.

Tom Holmes

Rep. Tom Holmes (R)
4709 Shields Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103
Occupation: Retired educator
Phone: (605) 360-9032
Email: tomworldhistory@hotmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
I will need time to research the issues that will confront the legislature this session.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
As a new legislator, I know that I have much to learn in order to be an effective legislator. My goal is to serve the people of District 14 and the state of South Dakota in the most responsible and considerate manner possible.

DISTRICT 15 - SENATE
Angie Buhl O'Donnell

Sen. Angie Buhl O'Donnell (D)
PO Box 2012, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Occupation: Patient care technician, student
Phone: (605) 376-2512
Email: angie.b.odonnell@gmail.com
Twitter Handle: @angiebuhl

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
The most important issues that will come up this session are education and healthcare, addressing the severe teacher shortage and ensuring everyone has access to good healthcare.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Continue the push for Medicaid expansion.
Ensure South Dakota has the best possible schools with the best teachers and adequate resources.
Make South Dakota a great place for everyone to live, work, play and raise a family.

DISTRICT 15 - HOUSE
Karen Soli

Rep. Karen Soli (D)
810 W. 6th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Occupation: Clergy
Phone: (605) 338-5934
Email: rep.soli@state.sd.us

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
I expect that finding a way to fund the ongoing care needed for our roads and bridges will be an important issue for this session.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Collaborating with other legislators for the good of South Dakota.
Finding a way to make basic healthcare accessible to all South Dakotans.
Strengthening our state´s support of public education at all levels.

Patrick Kirschman

Rep. Patrick Kirschman (D)
901 N. Duluth Ave #1., Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Occupation: Retired (baker)
Phone: (605) 610-1479
Email: patkirschman@hotmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
No information provided

DISTRICT 16 - SENATE
Dan Lederman

Sen. Dan Lederman (R) - Assistant Majority Leader
725 Indian Wells Ct., Dakota Dunes, SD 57049
Occupation: Small business owner
Phone: (712) 251-1992
Email: dan@danlederman.org
Twitter Handle: @danlederman

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Maintain South Dakota´s business-friendly climate.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Proudly represent District 16.

DISTRICT 16 - HOUSE
Jim Bolin

Rep. Jim Bolin (R) - Majority Whip
403 W. 11th St., Canton, SD 57013
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Phone: (605) 261-9669
Email: jwbolin@gmail.com
Twitter Handle: @votebolin

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
The road issue and adequate funding our transportation system. This will likely require a tax increase of some sort.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Produce a balanced budget.
Deal with the road funding issue.
Fund K-12 schools to the best of our financial ability.

David Anderson

Rep. DAVID ANDERSON (R)
29177 477th Ave., Hudson, SD 57034
Occupation: Farming/insurance
Phone: (605) 310-1645
Email: caninsag@gmail.com

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Road and bridge legislation that will balance the needs and funding for the state, counties and townships.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Work on the road and bridge legislation.
Balance the budget without the unclaimed property windfall we had last year.

DISTRICT 25 - SENATE
Tim Rave

Sen. Tim Rave (R) - Majority Leader
46923 250th St., Baltic, SD 57003
Occupation: Client manager
Phone: (605) 360-7190
Email: trave@alliancecom.net
Twitter Handle: @SDSenLeader

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Finding a solution to the highway funding challenges and continue to work on ways to increase teacher pay.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
No personal agenda, just work on the major items listed above.

DISTRICT 25 - HOUSE
Kris Langer

rep. Kris Langer (R) - Majority Whip
700 W. 7th St, Dell Rapids, SD 57022
Occupation: Realtor
Phone: (605) 321-9224
Email: tjlanger@siouxvalley.net

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
Highway funding will be a big issue during this session along with other important legislation.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Work hard in my new position as Majority Whip to be the best leader I can be
Advance and promote legislation for District 25 constituents.
Balance the budget.

Roger Hunt

Rep. Roger Hunt (R)
PO Box 827, Brandon, SD 57005
Occupation: Attorney
Phone: (605) 359-7848
Email: huntrog7@alliancecom.net

What do you think will be the most important issue for this session?
There are several critical issues facing the 2015 Legislature: balancing the budget, funding for highways and bridges, funding for education, development of technology transfers and value-added agricultural products to increase our state economic growth and solving our state´s increasing medical costs.

What are your major goals for the 2015 Legislative Session?
Balance the state budget.
Increase our economic growth without increasing the size of state government and by improving our workforce development programs.
Solve the state and county needs for repairing and maintaining our roads and bridges.

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Stay informed during the legislative session

Advocacy is a vital component of your Chamber membership. Decisions made by elected officials frequently and directly affect the way business is conducted. The process by which the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce arrives at the issues that receive the most attention is methodical and involves great commitment among several committees and councils within the Chamber.

Providing the membership with essential information on the legislative process is a crucial element in fulfilling the Chamber´s advocacy objectives. This process begins each year with the development of the Issues Research Council-led Issues & Advocacy Survey, which is distributed to all members in late November. Survey results aide in the development and refinement of policy statements and the Chamber´s platform, which are subsequently approved by the Issues Management Council and Board of Directors and ultimately guide the lobbying initiatives in Pierre. Both groups will approve the policy statements and platform in December; they will be published online at siouxfallschamber.com and in the January edition of the Chamber News magazine. Public Affairs & Communications Director Mark Lee lobbies full-time on Chamber members´ behalf and the Chamber also hires a part-time lobbyist to represent the business interests within the Sioux Falls area.

Another way the Chamber helps inform members on advocacy initiatives leading into the upcoming legislative session is to provide information on Sioux Falls area legislators. The Sioux Falls area includes districts 6, 9-16 and 25. Each year the December issue of Chamber News gives legislators and opportunity to share with Chamber members their goals and identifying what they feel is the single most important issue facing the legislature.; the following pages detail their responses.

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 under the Advocacy tab) or contact a member of the Chamber´s Public Affairs & Communications team: (605) 336-1620.

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Events

Good Morning Sioux Falls Legislative Breakfast
(to include Districts 6, 9-16, 25)
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
7-8:30 a.m.
Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel,
3200 W. Maple St.
RSVP to Maddie Gutierrez at mgutierrez@siouxfalls.com or (605) 373-2015
Cost is $20 per Chamber member to attend.

2014 Legislative Coffees
(to include Districts 6, 9, 11-15)
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
9-11:45 a.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
201 E. 8th St.
*More details will follow about the district assignments for each date


Sioux Falls Day at the Legislature

(to include Districts 6, 9-16, 25)
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Pierre, SD
Luncheon: Noon, Ramkota River Centre
*More details will follow about the day´s agenda, costs to ride the bus and to attend lunch.
RSVP to Maddie Gutierrez at mgutierrez@siouxfalls.com or (605) 373-2015


Business Day at the Legislature

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Pierre, SD
Luncheon: Noon, Ramkota River Centre
*Sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry
For more information visit sdchamber.biz.


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