Walter Dale Miller

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Walter Dale Miller
29th Governor of South Dakota
In office
April 19, 1993 – January 7, 1995
Lieutenant Steve T. Kirby
Preceded by George S. Mickelson
Succeeded by Bill Janklow
34th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
In office
1987–1993
Preceded by Lowell C. Hansen II
Succeeded by Steve T. Kirby
South Dakota House of Representatives
In office
1975–1986
Personal details
Born (1925-10-05) October 5, 1925 (age 88)
Viewfield, South Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Pat Miller
Profession Politician, Rancher

Walter Dale "Walt" Miller (born October 5, 1925)[1] is an American politician with the Republican Party. He served as 29th Governor of South Dakota from 1993 to 1995, having assumed the duties of the governorship upon the death of George S. Mickelson.

Biography[edit]

Miller was born in the unincorporated community of Viewfield in Meade County, South Dakota. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Miller was the president of the Dakota National Life Insurance Company from 1970 to 1985.

Career[edit]

From 1967 to 1986, Miller served in the South Dakota House of Representatives. From 1975 to 1978, and again in 1986, he served as House Majority Leader. Miller was Speaker of the House in 1981 and 1982.

In 1984, Miller was the state chair of the Reagan-Bush campaign, and in 1988 he was the state co-chair of the Bush-Quayle campaign.

Prior to his service as governor, he served as the 34th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota from 1987 until Governor Mickelson's death, when he assumed the governorship from April 20, 1993 through January 7, 1995.[2] Miller was South Dakota's first full-time Lieutenant Governor.[3]

Miller was defeated in the 1994 Republican gubernatorial primary by then-former Governor Bill Janklow.

Post-Gubernatorial Life[edit]

As of 2004, he continues to ranch north of New Underwood, on the boundary between Meade and Pennington counties, and also resides part-time in Fort Pierre, where he is involved in various lobbying and ranching activities.

In 2010, his wife, Pat Miller, ran for South Dakota State Auditor, but did not win the Republican nomination.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walter Dale Miller". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Walter Dale Miller". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Governor Walter Dale Miller". Trail of Governors. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lowell C. Hansen II
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
January 6, 1987 – April 19, 1993
Succeeded by
Steve T. Kirby
Preceded by
George S. Mickelson
Governor of South Dakota
April 19, 1993 – January 7, 1995
Succeeded by
Bill Janklow