Reaction to Gov. Wollman’s death

A recent photo of Gov. Harvey Wollman

South Dakota political leaders have offered their condolences on the passing of Harvey Wollman, 26th Governor of South Dakota.

Gov. Kristi Noem announced that flags will fly half-staff statewide until Wollman’s funeral, and offered the following:

Harvey Wollman stood up and answered the call of duty, stepping into the role of Governor at a difficult time for our state. During his brief tenure as governor, he advanced water development in our state and helped bring about the eventual repeal of the state’s personal property tax. In South Dakota, we honor our leaders. We honor their accomplishments. We honor our history.

Mike Rounds, U.S. Senator and 31st Governor of South Dakota:

Governor Wollman left a lasting legacy on the state of South Dakota. I first met Harvey in 1976 while he was serving as Lieutenant Governor, and I was an intern in the state legislature. He was a class act and became a good friend over the years. During his time in state government, he played a key role in leading legislation to develop the four-year degree medical school at USD and in creating the SD Housing Development Authority, which has helped thousands of families across the state obtain the dream of homeownership. Harvey also served our nation in the Army and was an educator in the classroom. Even in retirement, he remained active in events that promoted our state. South Dakota is a better place to live, work and raise a family because of Harvey. My prayers go out to his wife, Anne, and the entire Wollman family as they mourn his passing.

Dennis Daugaard, 32nd Governor of South Dakota:

Linda and I were sorry to see the passing of former governor Harvey Wollman. He was truly a gentleman and a selfless servant to our state.

Congressman Dusty Johnson:

I always enjoyed my conversations with Harvey Wollman. A decent man, a fun storyteller, and a great South Dakotan.

Jamie Smith, the House Minority Leader and Democratic nominee for governor:

“We lost a treasure in Harvey Wollman today. After speaking with him last week, it was so clear that he still had the same passion for South Dakota that he did as Governor. Join me in praying for the Wollman family.”

Randy Seiler, chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party:

Harvey Wollman was a dedicated public servant for the people of South Dakota. He served his community and the state as both a State Legislator and Governor of South Dakota. His passion for our great state will be terribly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grief and loss.