I am a native of Tyndall and a graduate of Augustana University with a B.S. in History and Theatre. I also attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina.
Before joining the Federal government, I worked as a journalist for UPI, a local newspaper editor in Iowa and Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party under Chairman Leo Thorsness. After four years as a Congressional staff member on Capitol Hill, I joined the Department of Energy, working in communications for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
In 2010, after retiring as Deputy Director of Communication in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy, and my partner, Van Pace, retiring from the Department of Homeland Security, we moved to Yankton.
Since moving to Yankton, Van and I have volunteered for the past seven years, as AARP Tax Preparers working at The Center to assist taxpayers with their returns. We also worked as senior interns during the summer and fall of 2017 for Senator Mike Rounds. I currently serve on the Board of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation and am always looking for ways to give back to our community.
I look forward to hearing from you and I ask for your vote in the fall. Remember early voting stars on September 21 and election day is November 6.
Since retirement, Van and I have traveled extensively nationally and internationally. Now it is time to pay back something to the state I grew up in and always called home no matter where I lived.
I want to serve as your State Senator from Yankton County. I believe my experience in government will serve me well in representing you as I have learned to study issues, listen to people and apply the knowledge I gain to the issues at hand.
I believe that a transparent government close to the people is the best government. I am more of a listener than a talker and want to interact continually with the residents of Yankton County.
On the issues, I believe strongly in the Second Amendment, value and seek to protect the lives of the unborn and will work hard to hold down taxes. I believe that the future of South Dakota’s economy will rest with value-added agriculture and improvements in our transportation systems and infrastructure.