From a release:
Senator-Elect Mike Rounds Announces Senior Leadership Team
Skjonsberg named Chief of Staff
Kobes named Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel
Pierre, SD (December 18, 2014) – U.S. Senator-Elect Mike Rounds announced today the appointment of his senior leadership team: Rob Skjonsberg as Chief of Staff and Jonathan Kobes as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel.
“Rob and Jon bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the private and public sectors,” said Rounds. “Both have industry experience important to South Dakota, including agriculture, energy and financial services. In addition to our legislative priorities, our focus is continuity between the Washington, D.C. and state offices and serving the citizens of South Dakota. Rob and Jon will be tasked with leading those objectives.”
Rob Skjonsberg: Originally from Sisseton, South Dakota, Skjonsberg (Shawns-burg) managed Rounds’ successful senate campaign. From 2003-2007, he served as Chief of Staff to then Governor Rounds. Skjonsberg also served in various management positions with Wells Fargo and has an extensive background in renewable energy, economic development, production agriculture, state government and tribal relations.
Skjonsberg is currently a partner with GSG Strategies and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from South Dakota State University. He will split time between South Dakota and Washington, D.C. Skjonsberg and his wife Larissa, reside in Pierre, SD with their three children.
Jonathan Kobes: Originally from Sioux Center, Iowa, Kobes (Co-bus) is currently Rounds’ Deputy Director of Transition. Until recently, he was the Director of Corporate Compliance for Raven Industries, Inc. Kobes has also served as in-house legal counsel in the renewable energy and agriculture fields and as a litigation attorney at a Sioux Falls law firm. His public sector experience includes serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Rapid City, as an Honors Attorney with the Central Intelligence Agency, and as a law clerk for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kobes received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Dordt College and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He currently resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Beth and four children.
“Their combined backgrounds are a perfect complement to our committee assignments. We’re in a strong position to hit the ground running,” added Rounds.
Senator-Elect Rounds is sworn in on January 6, 2015.
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Also dear readers, I’m hearing that another staffer is joining Team Rounds as well. Justin Rollins has been named Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Justin was Deputy Director of Victory this cycle, consultant for GSG, Political Director for the SDGOP, and worked for Secretary of State Jason Gant.
Chief of Staff Skjonsberg noted to me…
“Justin’s a trusted friend and confidant. His Meade County roots have been a breath of fresh air. He’s an asset and we intend to keep him engaged on issues throughout the state.”