Vern Larson

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Vern Larson
South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands
In office
South Dakota State Treasurer
In office
South Dakota State Auditor
In office
Personal details
Born (1948-10-25) October 25, 1948 (age 70)
Vivian, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican
Alma materNorthern State University

Vernon L. Larson (born October 25, 1948 in Vivian, South Dakota) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from the U.S. state of South Dakota.

Larson graduated from Vivian High School and received a degree from Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1970.

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

He served as South Dakota State Auditor from 1979 to 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.[1]

He was elected state treasurer in 2002 and assumed office on January 6, 2003.[2] He was re-elected in 2006, without opposition, and subsequently left office in 2011, subject to term limits of two consecutive four-year terms.

In August 2013, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Larson to serve out the remaining term as South Dakota's Commissioner of School and Public Lands after Commissioner Jarrod Johnson resigned. His term ended in January 2015. He became the first person in South Dakota history to serve in three different statewide executive offices.


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

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