|Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 19th district
November 2, 2010
May 2, 1967 |
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
|Alma mater||Excelsior College|
Stace Nelson is a state representative from South Dakota.
Military and legal career
Nelson graduated from Excelsior College in 1999, with a degree in Criminal Justice. He served in the Marine Corps and became a criminal investigator with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, spending time in The Philippines and Japan. During his time as an NCIS agent, he worked on hundreds of cases involving military sexual assault, and was featured in the documentary The Invisible War, advocating for the reform of how the military handles sexual assault claims.
Nelson was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2010. He serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Local Government Committee. Nelson has often quarreled with party leaders in the House, and was briefly kicked out of the party caucus. Nelson is being sued by South Dakota state senator Dan Lederman, a fellow Republican, who accuses Nelson of placing illegal robocalls.
2014 U.S. Senate campaign
Nelson ran for a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota in 2014, describing himself as "probably the most conservative elected official in the state of South Dakota, and...probably the least partisan." He won 18.25% of the primary vote, losing the nomination to Mike Rounds.
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