Weekly Column


Weekly Column: Taking Care of Our Vets

Providing adequate care and support for our military personnel - during and after their service - is a fundamental responsibility of the federal government. In fact, national defense is the primary purpose of the federal government. The brave men and women in uniform sacrifice everything to protect our freedoms here at home, and we owe it to them to make sure they have everything they need when they return from service. In the Senate, I have the unique privilege to serve on two committees that … Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Balancing our Budgets

In my time spent working as State Senate Majority Leader and Governor of South Dakota, balancing the state budget was part of my job. Our state laws require us to balance our books each year, so we found ways to do more with less and grow our economy without Overspending - just as has always been done in South Dakota. Despite sometimes having to make tough decisions, in the end we are better off for it. I'm proud of our record of balancing the books in South Dakota for 125 years. At the federal… Continue Reading


Weekly Column: Getting Settled, Ready to Work

Last week, I was sworn in as the 27th Senator from South Dakota. I am grateful for those who helped get me here and look forward to working together to solve the problems facing our state and nation. At my swearing in, I was joined by approximately 20 family members from South Dakota, including my wife, Jean, our four kids and their spouses, my father, Don, and my stepmother Rosemary. Having them with me made the day particularly special, and I thank them for their overwhelming support on this … Continue Reading

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