39th Lieutenant Governor
Growing up, Rhoden understood true service at a young age. After graduating high school, he joined the South Dakota National Guard, serving six years and carrying on a family legacy of military service that began in the Revolutionary War. While his children were young, he served as a church trustee, earned a seat on the local school board, and led the Board of Directors for the area Cenex.
In 2000, Rhoden was elected to the state legislature. During his time as a citizen legislator, his peers repeatedly selected him to serve in leadership, and he’s shown an aptitude for getting things done. Rhoden has served as House Majority Leader and has chaired both the Senate and House State Affairs Committees. Rhoden worked with Noem to reform South Dakota’s tax code, led efforts to repeal the so-called “Trucker’s Tax,” and shaped legislation to limit the government’s eminent domain authority. His work earned him the American Conservative Union’s highest ranking in 2017.
Lt. Governor Rhoden, who currently runs a cow-calf operation and custom welding business, continues to live on the ranch where he was born and raised. He and his wife, Sandy, have four boys, three daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.