Capitol Building, 1st floor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Public Utilities Commissioner
Kristie Fiegen currently serves on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. She was appointed to the PUC by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Aug. 9, 2011, to fill a vacancy on the commission. Kristie was then elected to the commission in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2018. She previously served as vice chairperson of the PUC in 2012, 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Gas and Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. She is also vice president of the Southwest Power Pool’s Regional State Committee. Kristie provides guidance related to the interests of the public and gas consumers to the Gas Technology Institute as a member of GTI’s Public Interest Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining the PUC, Kristie was the president of Junior Achievement of South Dakota for 17 years and was recognized as the top Junior Achievement USA President in 2008. Under Kristie’s leadership, participation in Junior Achievement increased from 2,400 to more than 44,000 students annually and her team was named among the top eight franchises in the country nine times. Kristie’s career also includes serving as the South Dakota area manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for nine years and as a sales representative for Monsanto Company.
Kristie’s public service career includes four terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives, from 1993 to 2001. While a legislator, she served as chairperson of the House Health and Human Services Committee.
She has been active in Rotary, the United Way and Toastmasters, and is an active member of Central Church.
Kristie earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial economics and agricultural business from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota. She grew up on her family’s farm near Chancellor, S.D., and is a graduate of Parker High School. Kristie and her husband, Tim, live in Sioux Falls. They have been blessed with two sons, Alexander (20) a student at SDSU and Jackson (18) a senior at Parker High School.