Kevin Killer

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Kevin Killer
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 27th district
In office
Preceded by Jim Bradford
Succeeded by Steve Livermont
Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 27th district
In office
2017 – Present
Preceded by Jim Bradford
Personal details
Born (1979-05-04) May 4, 1979 (age 39)
Political party Democratic
Residence Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Alma mater Oglala Lakota College

Kevin Killer (Oglala Sioux) (born May 4, 1979) is a youth activist and an American politician, serving as a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, he represented the 27th district from 2009 until 2017. In 2017, he was elected to the South Dakota Senate, representing the 27th district. [1] He lives in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Early life and education[edit]

Killer grew up in Denver, Colorado, where his father Francis was a CPA and member of the Oglala Sioux. His mother Janice is from the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma. When young, Killer returned to his father's people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation every summer, in order to know them and the land. His father died when Killer was 20, but he was helped by mentors.

Killer graduated from Oglala Lakota College. His first experience in politics was working in 2004 for former United States Senator Tom Daschle.[2]

Killer was first elected to the State House in 2008. He is part of a generation of Native Americans who have won office in electoral politics. He served on the House State Affairs Committee, which has an important role in moving legislation forward, and its Judicial Affairs Committee. In 2016 he was elected to the State Senate from district 27. [2]

He is also Director of the Native American Youth Leadership Alliance, working to build youth leaders among the people of the reservations. He has noted that a high percentage of residents on the reservations are under age 18.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c Woster, Kevin (February 17, 2013). "Kevin Killer profile". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 

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