|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Dakota's at-large district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Kristi Noem|
|Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota|
January 8, 2011 – November 7, 2014
|Preceded by||Thomas Dravland|
|Succeeded by||Tony Venhuizen|
|Member of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission|
January 2005 – January 8, 2011
|Preceded by||Jim Burg|
|Succeeded by||Chris Nelson|
|Born||September 30, 1976|
Pierre, South Dakota, U.S.
|Education||University of South Dakota (BA)|
University of Kansas (MPA)
A former South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner and Chief of Staff to Governor Dennis Daugaard, between his state political career and congressional service, Johnson was the vice president of Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell, South Dakota.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 State government career
- 3 Private sector career (2014-2018)
- 4 U.S. House of Representatives
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and education
Dustin "Dusty" Johnson was born in Pierre, South Dakota. Johnson graduated from T.F. Riggs High School in 1995. He earned his B.A. in political science from University of South Dakota in 1999, where he was a member of fraternity Phi Delta Theta. He earned his M.P.A. from University of Kansas in 2002. In 1998, Johnson was named a Truman Scholar. As a Truman Scholar, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Johnson worked as a senior policy advisor for then-South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds.
State government career
Public Utilities Commission (2004-2011)
In 2004, Johnson ran for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. He was elected statewide to South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Upon his election, he subsequently became the youngest utilities commissioner in the nation. He was re-elected in 2010. Johnson was also a member of the executive board of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. In 2007, he became the Chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission a position he held until his resignation in 2011. In 2010, he led a South Dakota delegation that included then-Governor Mike Rounds and state regulators that met with FCC Commissioners on concerns with the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and its impact on small and rural providers in South Dakota.
Daugaard administration (2011-2014)
In 2011, he resigned his PUC position to become chief of staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard. Johnson served four years as chief of staff to Governor Dennis Daugaard. As chief operating officer for much of state government, he supervised Cabinet Secretaries, policy advisors and many of the Governor’s projects and initiatives.
Private sector career (2014-2018)
In 2014, he resigned his chief of staff position, leaving the public sector to work for Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell, South Dakota. Fellow Truman Scholar, Tony Venhuizen, succeeded Johnson as Chief of Staff. He resigned his position with Vantage Point Solutions in 2018, upon his accession to Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
On November 15, 2016, Johnson announced bid to become a Republican candidate for U.S. Representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district. The announcement came shortly after Kristi Noem had announced she would not seek re-election to Congress in order to run in the 2018 South Dakota gubernatorial election. He defeated Secretary of State of South Dakota Shantel Krebs and businessman Neal Tapio, a state senator, in the June 5, 2018 GOP primary. He defeated Democrat Tim Bjorkman, a retired circuit court judge, and two minor candidates in the November general election.
Johnson was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives on January 3, 2018.
Johnson has been actively involved as a state advisor for South Dakota Teen Age Republicans (TARs) and its Black Hills camp leader since 2004. Johnson serves on the board of directors for the W.O. Farber Fund, Abbott House, and served on the South Dakota Attorney General's Open Government Task Force. Johnson has served as an adjunct professor at Dakota Wesleyan University.
- FEC Contribution Report for Friends of John Thune
- "Wayback Machine". December 29, 2010. Archived from the original on December 29, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
- "Dusty Johnson – South Dakota War College". dakotawarcollege.com. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
- "Phi Delta Theta GHQ on Instagram: "Congratulations to the many Phis across the United States who won election victories last evening. . Indiana Beta (Wabash) Phi Mike Braun…"". Instagram. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
- "Crisis or Renaissance". puc.sd.gov. South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
- "Harry S. Truman Foundation". Truman.gov.
- "Dusty Johnson to be Daugaard's chief of staff". mitchellrepublic.com.
- "Dusty Johnson to resign as Daugaard's chief of staff". usatoday.com. USA TODAY.
- "Venhuizen to succeed Johnson as chief of staff". argusleader.com. Argus Leader.
- "Dusty Johnson planning run for Congress in 2018". KSFY.com.
- "TARS". penncogop.org. Pennington County GOP.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large congressional district
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