Secretary of State Steve Barnett was in Aberdeen today where he formally announced his Candidacy for reelection at today’s Brown County Republican, March Reagan lunch!
Barnett has been serving as South Dakota’s Secretary of State for the past 4 years, and had also served two terms as South Dakota State Auditor (2010 and 2014).
Steve is a graduate of Roncalli High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. He later earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls. Steve has held positions within the South Dakota Republican Party, Wells Fargo, and United States Senator John Thune’s office.
While I was haunting the halls of the Capitol today with my daughter, we ran into a number of elected officials, including Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden, Interim Commissioner of School & Public Lands Jarrod Johnson, Secretary of State Steve Barnett, and of course Governor Kristi Noem, whom it is always great to speak with. Before heading back to Brookings, I did catch up afterwards with former Attorney General, and once again Attorney General Candidate Marty Jackley.
Governor Noem Condemns Rep. Haugaard’s Anti-Women Comments, Calls On Speaker Gosch To Reprimand And Censure
Pierre, SD – Today, Governor Kristi Noem released the following statement condemning Representative Steve Haugaard for his inappropriate comments on the South Dakota House floor. Haugaard’s comments today were just the latest in a long pattern of demanding comments and behavior towards women.
Statement from Governor Noem:
“I am disappointed and appalled by the inappropriate and offensive language used today on the house floor by Representative Haugaard.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time he has used his position of power to demean others, especially women.
I am calling on the Speaker and the House to take a stand against this irresponsible and abusive behavior by formally reprimanding and censuring Mr. Haugaard.
I am hopeful the Speaker will set aside his personal friendship with Mr. Haugaard and use his office to send a clear signal to Mr. Haugaard and others that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”
Today’s comments from Rep. Haugaard are just the latest in a long pattern of demeaning and inappropriate comments and actions towards women:
During his brief and tumultuous tenure as Speaker, Haugaard enacted an anti-women dress code that may have been deemed outdated in 1889 when South Dakota first became a state, that mandated women in the state house to wear “hose,” skirts “below the knees,” and that no portion of their legs or their collarbones could show.
He was widely rebuked and then sued for singling out and banning a female lobbyist from the House floor, decided to settle, then asked Governor Noem to foot the bill and when she declined to have the taxpayers of South Dakota foot the bill for his mistakes, he ran to anyone else he could find to cover the legal fees that he would have been personally liable to pay.
Helene Duhamel announces re-election for South Dakota Senate
Helene Duhamel announces her intent to seek re-election to the South Dakota Senate in District 32 in Rapid City.
“It is my great honor to serve and represent my fellow citizens on the big issues that impact every one of us—water, wages, workforce housing. I ask for your continued trust and support in my role in the state senate.” Duhamel continues, “I promise to work hard, listen to all sides of an issue, and do my best for the great state of South Dakota.”
The fifth generation South Dakotan and long-time broadcaster was appointed to the seat in 2019 by Governor Kristi Noem. Duhamel was elected to a full term in 2020 and was selected by her peers to serve as a Republican Majority Whip. Duhamel balances her legislative responsibilities with a full time job at the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
Duhamel serves on senate state affairs and as vice chairman of senate judiciary. She also served on the redistricting committee and the summer study on marijuana. The pro-business republican champions smart growth in Western South Dakota, consistently receiving the highest scores from Elevate Rapid City.