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South Dakota:
Under God, the People Rule

Strengthening South Dakota

Advancing Agriculture
Agriculture is the foundation of South Dakota's economy and our number one industry, by a significant margin. All in all, it contributes about $32.1 billion to the economy, accounting for almost 30 percent of South Dakota’s total economic output. So when ag prospers, South Dakota prospers; when droughts hit or markets slide, everyone feels that, too.
Connecting South Dakota
In 2021, the Legislature approved a $75 million investment in broadband infrastructure. Together with private and federal funds, this will ensure that every South Dakotan has access to high-speed internet.
Equipping our National Guard
South Dakota has a strong legacy of military service. With over 72,000 veterans and nearly 4,200 enrolled members of the National Guard, our state understands the importance of answering the call to serve. Time and time again, our South Dakota National Guard is recognized nationally as an example to the nation for readiness, efficiency, and excellence.
Leading the Way in Cybersecurity
Ransomware. Cyber bullying. Phishing. Hacking. Data leakage. You don’t need to be an expert in cybersecurity to know that as technology advances, so do the risks to our businesses, our personal identities and finances, and our children.
Enhancing Habitat
Pheasant hunting season is a major economic engine for South Dakota and a significant contributor to tourism, our second largest industry. Each year, 81,000 non-resident hunters flock to our state for hunting season and spend more than $156 million in our restaurants, hotels, gift shops, and gas stations. That money makes a real difference for families and small businesses.
Battling the Meth Epidemic
One of my top priorities as Governor has been to aggressively battle the meth epidemic and create a stronger South Dakota for our kids and grandkids.
Addressing the Stigma Around Mental Health and Preventing Suicide
In South Dakota today, about 30,000 adults and 9,000 kids live with serious mental health conditions. With nearly every family and every community impacted, it's overloaded the system. As a result, too many are falling through the cracks. Too often, there is a stigma surrounding mental health. Life is tough, and when you feel like you're playing a losing hand, depression or anxiety is more common than you may think.
Revitalizing Rural South Dakota
Small towns are the heartbeat of South Dakota. I’m proud to be from a rural hometown. It’s where I learned the values of hard work and self-reliance, where Bryon and I chose to raise our kids, where we started an insurance business and hunting lodge, and where my family has farmed and ranched for a century.
Making Government More Transparent
Many Americans – and even many South Dakotans – are losing their trust in government. This is particularly true of younger generations. Stories of government ineptitude and scandal doesn’t help much.
Strengthening Families
Strong families have always been the backbone of South Dakota. The kitchen table is where we learn our values. The backyard is where we learn to respect each other.
Modernizing South Dakota's Correctional System
Safe, secure prisons are a necessary function of government. They’re not an exciting topic, but a functional, effective corrections system is necessary to keep our state safe.