SoDak Governors and the @SoDakGovs twitter feed are written by Tony Venhuizen.
Tony Venhuizen is the chief of staff in the office of Governor Dennis Daugaard. An Armour native, Tony earned his B.S. in history and political science from South Dakota State University. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law, where he was an editor of the South Dakota Law Review.
Tony is on the board of the Trail of Governors, which is erecting life-size statues of every former South Dakota governor throughout the capital city of Pierre.
In 2014, Tony’s essay Leaders in the Land of Infinite Variety: A Collective Portrait of South Dakota’s Governors was included in The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture, Vol. 2, published by South Dakota Historical Society Press.
Tony has encouraged the placement of South Dakota State Historical Society markers to honor former governors, with new markers placed honoring Nils Boe, Joe Foss, Bill Janklow, Andrew Lee, William McMaster, and Harlan Bushfield, and more in progress. He advocated for the designation of Peter Norbeck’s birthday, August 27, as a state working holiday. Tony also helped coordinate the commissioning of a bust of George S. Mickelson, which will be placed in the State House lobby later this year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Governor Mickelson’s death.
Tony served for five years on the South Dakota Board of Regents. He managed the successful Daugaard gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and worked on the successful gubernatorial campaigns of Mike Rounds in 2002 and 2006. While in the governor’s office, Tony was particularly honored to help coordinate the Capitol memorial services for former governors Bill Janklow and Walter Dale Miller.