Friday, December 11, 2015
Sunday, January 21, 2018

A lot is asked from our law enforcement officers, especially at a time when crime is on the rise. Sadly, South Dakota’s violent crime rate nearly doubled between 2005 and 2015. If you look at domestic aggravated assault cases alone, police handled 129 in 2012. By 2016, they dealt with 276 ca…

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law just before the beginning of the new year, is already working for South Dakotans and the rest of the American people. When we were debating it in Congress – myself, as a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee and the conference committe…

Sunday, January 14, 2018

With the extremely cold weather we have recently experienced, I am reminded how important it is to plan for it. This doesn’t just mean stocking long underwear and packing emergency kits in cars. It can also mean incorporating energy efficient designs into our homes and businesses. This can h…

As we turn the page to a new year, January is a time in which many Americans take the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives. Business owners may seek to expand their businesses, entrepreneurs may seek to start a new enterprise, and families may wish to purchase a new car or sav…

The Republican-led Congress had a successful 2017. We confirmed a record number of the president’s nominees to fill circuit court judgeships, and we confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. We used the Congressional Review Act a record number of times to roll back burdensome regulat…

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Each year nearly 2 million people come to Custer State Park to see buffalo, drive the wildlife loop, hike Lover’s Leap, fish on Legion Lake, and swim and kayak at Sylvan. The 72,000-acre getaway destination is home to the State Game Lodge — the historic building that President Calvin Coolidg…

Over the past three years, many have heard me talk about what we want our country to look like in 2026, the year we celebrate America’s 250th birthday. We must get away from the centralized, overregulated system of government that has stifled economic growth. In the past year, we’ve made gre…

Friday, December 29, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017

If you want to see the Christmas season in full display, make time to visit your state capitol for the annual displays created for Christmas at the Capitol. Each morning, as I walk into the Capitol Building, I am greeted by the rich aroma of pine trees and the sparkling reflection of Christm…

As Congress enters the homestretch here in 2017, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to head back to South Dakota in the coming weeks to spend the holiday season with my friends and family. There are few things in life that are as important as spending time with those you love. There’s no…

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of 2017. January started with the inauguration of President Trump, ushering in a new era focused on making America great again.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Capitol Building was a busy place on Dec. 5 when lawmakers came to town for the annual Budget Address. They packed the state House early that afternoon to hear about our current economic situation and my proposal for the upcoming budget year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a longstanding problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation. Even after adjusting for cost of living differences, teachers made significantly more in our neighboring states. I heard from many educators tha…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

At the October 2nd City Council meeting our council gave unanimous approval to hire Kim Barbieri as the Hot Springs City Administrator. I wanted to share with everyone the extensive selection process the city went through in filling this vital position for our city.

Saturday, September 30, 2017