Dusty was elected statewide to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010. He served as chairman of the Commission three times and was a national regulatory leader. He was a member of the executive board of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), was a regular speaker at regional and national conferences, and testified before Congress on regulatory matters. In 2010 he led a delegation that included Governor Mike Rounds and state regulators to meet with FCC Commissioners on concerns with the National Broadband Plan and its impact on small and rural providers.
Prior to joining Vantage Point in November 2014, Dusty served four years as chief of staff to Governor Dennis Daugaard (SD). In that role, he was chief operating officer for much of state government and played a key role in the Governor’s most important projects and initiatives.
In 2018, Dusty ran for and won both primary and general election to become our next Republican Congressman from South Dakota.
Dusty has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He and his wife Jacquelyn have three sons and reside in Mitchell, SD.