Vern Larson

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Vernon L. Larson was born October 25, 1948, at Vivian, South Dakota. He graduated from Vivian High School and received a degree from Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1970.

He was elected State Treasurer as a Republican in 2002 and assumed office January 6, 2003.[1] He was re-elected in 2006, without opposition, and subsequently left office in 2011, subject for the second time to term limits of two consecutive four year terms.

He previously served as South Dakota State Auditor from 1979-2003. He is the longest serving constitutional officer in South Dakota's history, and in 1998, he was unopposed for re-election. This was the first time in South Dakota that a constitutional officer had no opposition in the general election.[2]

In August 2013, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Larson to serve out the remaining term as South Dakota's commissioner of school and public lands, which ends in January 2015.

Larson began his career in politics as a South Dakota field staff member for U.S. Senator James Abdnor.


  1. ^ Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 451.
  2. ^ Legislative Manual, South Dakota, 2005, p. 451.

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