House, Senate Republicans elect new legislative leadership

 Peterson, Cammack take the helm as Majority Leaders for House & Senate.

The South Dakota Republican Party today announced the election of new caucus leadership for Republican majorities in the State House of Representatives and the State Senate for the 2021 legislative session starting in January.

Selected as the new House Majority Leader is Representative Kent Peterson, a Republican House member from Salem, South Dakota who had previously served as the Assistant Majority Leader 2017-2018.  Serving as his assistant will be Rapid City Republican House member, Chris Johnson.

In the Senate, Union Center businessman Gary Cammack will be the new Senate Majority Leader. Cammack had previously served as President Pro Tempore from 2015-2016, and was LRC Executive Board Chair in 2016. Cammack will be assisted by State Senator Mike Diedrich of Rapid City who had previously served as Minority Whip from 1993-1994, and 2019-2020.

A number of other Republicans were elected by their peers to serve as whips for Republican majorities in each chamber:

House Whips: Kirk Chaffee, Tim Goodwin, Kevin Jensen, Rebecca Reimer & Marli Wiese.

Senate Whips: Jim Bolin, Casey Crabtree, Helene Duhamel & Kyle Schoenfish

In both the House and Senate, Republican legislators also announced their selection for officers of each chamber who are slated for nomination at the start of session by their peers.

House Republicans nominated Spencer Gosch for Speaker of the House and Jon Hansen for Speaker Pro Tempore to be confirmed by the House. Senator Lee Schoenbeck will be the GOP nominee for the position of President Pro Tempore.

Leadership positions for each chamber such as Speaker & President Pro Tempore will be voted on by the Legislature when they organize on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.