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List of governors of West Virginia

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Governor of West Virginia
Seal of the Governor of West Virginia.svg
Seal of the Governor
Jim Justice

since January 16, 2017
ResidenceWest Virginia Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once consecutively
Inaugural holderArthur I. Boreman
FormationJune 20, 1863
Salary$150,000 (2013)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

The Governor of West Virginia is the head of the executive branch of West Virginia's state government[2] and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces.[3] The governor has a duty to enforce state laws,[2] and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature,[4] to convene the legislature at any time,[5] and, except when prosecution has been carried out by the House of Delegates, to grant pardons and reprieves.[6]

Since West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, during the American Civil War, 34 men have served as governor. Two, Arch A. Moore Jr. (West Virginia's 28th and 30th governors) and Cecil H. Underwood (West Virginia's 25th and 32nd governors), served two nonconsecutive terms in office. The longest-serving governor was Moore, who served for three terms over twelve years. The state's first governor after admission into the Union, Arthur I. Boreman, served the most consecutive terms, resigning a week before the end of his third term. Before the state's admission, Francis H. Pierpont, the, "Father of West Virginia,"[7] was elected governor during the Wheeling Convention of 1861. Daniel D.T. Farnsworth was senate president at the time; he filled the last seven days of Boreman's term and remains the shortest-serving governor. Underwood has the unusual distinction of being both the youngest person to be elected as governor (age 34 upon his first term in 1957) and the oldest to both be elected and serve (age 74 upon his second term in 1997; age 78 at the end of his second term in 2001).

The current governor is Republican Jim Justice, who assumed office on January 16, 2017. West Virginia's 36th governor, Justice was elected as a Democrat, but switched to the Republican Party on August 4 of that year.[8]

To serve as governor, a person must be at least 30 years old, and must have been a citizen of West Virginia for at least five years at the time of inauguration.[9] Under the current Constitution of West Virginia, ratified in 1872, the governor serves a four-year term commencing on the Monday after the second Wednesday in the January following an election.[9] The original constitution of 1863 only called for a two-year term.[10] He may be reelected any number of times, but not more than twice in a row.[11] Any partial term served counts toward the limit of two consecutive terms.[11]

The constitution makes no mention of a lieutenant governor; if the governorship becomes vacant, the senate president acts as governor. If more than one year remains in the governor's term at the time of vacancy, a new election is held; otherwise, the senate president acts as governor for the remainder of the term.[12] A bill passed in 2000 grants the senate president the honorary title of lieutenant governor,[13] but this title is rarely used in practice and the terms of the senate president do not correspond with governorships. The same bill states that the line of succession after the senate president will be the speaker of the House of Delegates, followed by the state attorney general, the state auditor and former governors, in inverse order of term, that are in residence in the state at the time of the vacancy.[13]

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Services, but Brad's execution has never been better Even IT pros up their game when they partner with Sdn enjoy the uptime Rural Electric Cooperative's were the first to bring power to the Prairie today We're bringing you the tools Technology and economic development support to help realize this region's full potential you are our member owners together We are re energizing rural You're watching a production of South Dakota Public Broadcasting Statehouse program funding provided by the South Dakota Bar Foundation the educational and charitable arm of South Dakota lawyers and judges Hello and welcome to South Dakota Public Broadcasting's coverage of the 2018 State of the State address we are coming to you live from our state capitol building in here I'm Stephanie rissler alongside least Ruben Jerr. Yes, we're kicking off our 93rd legislative session this year Starts today, and it runs until March 9th a couple things. We're expecting from governor Dennis. Do guards final State of the State speech He's gonna ask lawmakers to continue the rules that were crafted over the summer on non meandering waters He wants to continue those rules until about 2021 He also has told us that Workforce Development will be a key issue For him this session so remains to be seen on how he wants to go forward with that Right now members of the South Dakota Senate are working their way into the House of Representatives And they're finding their seats Some of the key players as we work through the 93rd legislative session of course our Speaker of the House is Mark, Nicholson He is from Sioux Falls following along his family's quick footsteps his father and grandfather were both speakers of the House of Representatives in terms of our majority leadership, we've got Lee qualms from Platte He's the leader here over in the Senate is Blake Kurd from Sioux Falls Kim Peterson is from Salem He is the Assistant Majority Leader here in the House of Representatives In the assistant in the second BS Senate is senator ryan maher from isabel so we got a a wide variety of folks representing all of South Dakota again that's the key players in terms of the Republicans as they have control of both the House and Senate this year as they have for the last several years a Couple things we expect this session lawmakers do plan on addressing that ballot measure initiative process there are some bills out there that have been worked on over the to take a look at to take a look at making it harder for constitutional amendments to Be passed they want to increase that threshold for voters so be sure to tune in to Listen sdpb org for total coverage and follow us on twitter and SD net we see a lot of policy suggestions introduced so far we've got about 71 House bills that have been submitted to the LRC and 65 Senate bills so they are starting to come in and Speaking of coming in I think we'll throw it down now to the House of Representatives where a governor du gard is going to enter the house of the state of South Dakota To serve as the Speaker of the House for four years and the presiding officer of the Senate For what is going to be his eighth year? Would you guys please join me in representing lieutenant governor Michaels to the podium? Thank you, thank you so much, please continue Thank you, that's hmm you know I'm an emotional SAP, so I'll just stick with emotion Thank You Host joint session to hear the governor's state-of-the-state will now come to order and we will call To order and we'll ask at this point in time We have what reverend john armstrong of the pier for pier ministerium to lead us in prayer He's actually the chair, and is the one that organized us everyone who comes in praise and for Over and with us, and we're so grateful for your praying And then I will be leading us in the pledge of allegiance to our nation's flank, so you please rise Thank you, let us pray Lord thank you for this beautiful and exciting day for the beginning of this legislative session as We look ahead to the research and the discussions and then to the decisions that are surely to come We ask that your spirit would guide each step of our way Help us to work through each joy and each challenge with dignity and respect for all involved May the decisions made in this legislative session be for the greatest benefit for the most people of our state We prayed these things in confidence knowing that through you we can accomplish all things amen I Pledge allegiance Well the clerk, please call the roll of the house Honors Anderson Bardot's by fell Bartling VL Bordeaux Bruner Campbell Carson chase Clarke Consett Dennard Diedrichs DiSanto Duvall fry Mueller Glanzer Goodwin gosh Brett Greenfield, how guard Holly? Hyneman Holmes Howard hon, half Jamison Jenson John's Johnson Kaiser car cat wig Lake lateral lace Meister liver, Mont lust Marty May McCleary McPherson excuse Mills Otten Peters Peterson Kent Peterson sue Piske qualm Rasmussen Reed Roden bring rounds Rossum Schaeffer shane fish smith Solely excused Steinhauer stevens Tolson d'Urberville we see Willardson Whismur Yorkie Vic men speaker Mickelson Mr. Mr.. Speaker from a pro town mr. Pro Tem. There is a quorum present Thank You Senate roll call matter Secretary please call the roll Senator Boland cammack Cronin curd Ewing frerichs Greenfield Haverly Heiner Jensen Kennedy killer clumb Kovac Liang er ma Hartmann roll Nelson nessebar Netherton nurse drew patan Partridge Peters rush Russell so hold Solano's stalls her Sutton Tapio Tiedemann white wick and Youngberg you have a quorum mr. President Thank you, madam, secretary Motion Senator curd moves that committee at 3:00 in the part of the Senate and the committee of four in the part of the house Be appointed to escort the Honorable Dennis Dugard governor of the state of South Dakota to the rostrum There a second all those in favor signify by saying aye those opposed nay motion carried on behalf of this joint session the committee members are comprised of senators Greenfield Kurd and Sutton and from the house representatives qualm Kent Peterson Holly and Bartlett nineteen years ago I Sat down here and my wife and son were up here and were sworn in to this legislature And I'd like to take the next two hours to reminisce on He started out as a little boy But I remember back to when I was a page and I came up and Having to get to the podium with through all the Toronto Soros wrecks that were roaming the earth There was a gentleman who I got a coffee for and he said Matthew you could do this if you wanted to and that's the speaker's dad And I think that that's indicative of what we're called to do in that story, and so I thank you mr. speaker and members for that very humbling and emotional Welcoming and to my native brothers and sisters Pete, Lamia mitakuye Oyasin We are all relatives So as this is my last opportunity to address you there's a number of people that I would like to thank and do that in advance of the governor because he's been an integral part of my gratitude first of all the people of Yankton County for believing in me and our family and Supporting the family and me as we ran for office and and consistently needed their assistance you as legislators you Demonstrate on a daily basis and those who have come here and gone before us That really you are here to serve others There's no economic benefit in fact. It's just the opposite You leave our state a better place than when you found it as those that have walked in your shoes And that doesn't mean that we're always going to agree or disagree. I'm overwhelmed Personally by the number of lifelong friends that I've made and continue to make whether elected or providing us advice in the hallways The people who established this government wanted us to understand that different corners of the state had different needs that individuals were raised differently and That we would mix together and do the best for all for the common love of this state I am an example of those opportunities and that you have maintained that and perpetuated I've had the privilege of working with many individuals on impactful a number or here Working on the governor's initiatives, etc and so I'm commonly asked What is some of the largest initiatives that I'm the most proud of I said? That's really a trick question because one it involves hubris and certainly have an ego But I don't think of it in that term I think of rather the ability and the gift that I've been given to work with so many public servants that are really Hidden around us and really are nameless, but do indeed serve our state much more than I ever have or ever would Those are people in law enforcement Those are individuals and emergency management and firefighters are Child Protection Service individuals our fiscal analysts Our public health specialists those who are tackling and taking care of people who are veterans in need and those who are indeed have Disabilities or behavioral health issues our military without our military citizens would not be able to serve Those custodians and tradesmen that are really silent below the decks individuals. We have women who? Excuse me men, and women who are engineers? protectors of the environment and most importantly implementers I Often think about when we myself included gripe about government Yeah, I listened back to President Lincoln's words that really government is us It's not something that is abstract it is something that really is indeed by us the people and for the people in my Experiences I've been blessed with dealing with a lot of tragedies a lot of Hope a lot of opportunity But I will tell you that it is not government that gives. Hope I have never seen a government hug I have never seen a government that rescues. There is not a government that protects it is Individuals that work for us Individuals that put their lives on the line individuals who put themselves before others in selfless public service to take care of us in Fact none of us here with our ID as this legislative session or to come or the past None of these ideas would come to fruition Without implementers as a matter of fact a hundred years ago in the State of the State They Prevnar at that time talked about the fact that we didn't have individuals to implement various laws Especially today us and Linda and the entire du gard and Schmidt families We became friends right here in the legislature at these podiums in these chairs, but we became family and running for state office Just to have Karen, and I participate a small way in your administration has Been an honor for our lifetime we're grateful for the love that you have given us our son and daughter in law and The deepening friendship that will last through these hallways My mom was the single parent who demonstrated that the gift of perseverance and the strength of Education and the fact that We are in a state where you can dream it you can do it is something We should cherish to this day, but she strongly admonished that in doing so we must care for others especially those in need and to Karen it's impossible even for this verbose husband of mine to fully articulate my gratitude to you for putting up with my attention-deficit You've been a partner in this journey of service from the Navy to volunteer boards to the Legislature of lieutenant governor all the late nights have been gone all the time apart all the calls you took from constituents once in a while a happy one All of the parade's that you and Colin and Jill participated with only saying that this will be an adventure Not only did you believe in me? but your unconditional love kept me afloat during many times of turmoil and I believe that I'm having a better life than I deserve that I believe I would have had growing up and That's because of you our son our daughter-in-law, and thank you for being my best friend Ladies and gentlemen. I think that it is very fitting that we are in the House of Representatives Below a painting by Charles Holloway when I was down here being sworn in the first time I sat down, and I couldn't believe What I was seeing Because I'm no biblical scholar. I just saw at the bottom. It said a peace that passes all understanding it happens to be my favorite verse because it is a closing prayer in my church and It was Paul writing to the Philippians and he was saying hey folks if all you do is rejoice to the Lord and you give thanks and you pray and Thanksgiving for every day that you have that that is the recipe for the peace of God that peace of God which surpasses all understanding that will keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge of God and His Son Jesus Christ and So Paul is speaking to us here that we do have that peace I wish you such peace and may God continue to richly bless all of you and the citizens of South Dakota Mr.. Sergeant-at-arms, would you please introduce the governor of the great state of South Dakota? Thank you members of the House members of the Senate friends and Family in the galleries and the people of South Dakota that are listening and viewing this please welcome the Honorable governor Dennis du gard Thank you very much, thank you lieutenant governor you're outstanding. Thank you all for being here today To begin I'd like to recognize two new legislators first Doug Bartel I Appointed Doug this summer to replace Don Hager as the district 10 representative as you know Doug spent his career in law enforcement Including 12 years as Sioux Falls Chief of Police. He was here last month and Sworn in prior to the budget address, but let's welcome him again Doug where are you area welcome? Second is Mike Detrick I appointed Mike last month following the loss of our friend Craig teasin Mike is an attorney and an experienced legislator having served three terms in the 80s and 90s I really appreciate his willingness to serve especially on just such short notice. Please join me in welcoming Mike Dietrich Today I'd like to look back at some of the things we've accomplished together over the past seven years and also update you on some Progress, and I'll also offer some new proposals to consider this year I'd like to start today by talking about workforce This is a significant long term challenging facing our state, and I personally spent a lot of time on this over the last year in March the National Governors Association Sponsored my visit along with several other governors to Switzerland in Germany to learn about their long-standing work based education programs in June I met at the White House with President Trump, Ivanka Trump the u.s. secretaries of labor Commerce and education and several of my fellow governors There the President signed an executive order to encourage development of apprenticeship programs and last fall I was pleased to be named to the president's Task Force on apprenticeships Also in June I began a one-year term as chair of the Western Governors Association And I've selected workforce development as the policy focus for my one-year term the WGA held workforce summits in Sioux Falls Denver, Oklahoma City and Seattle and next summer South Dakota will host our annual meeting in Rapid City Through all of this I have seen two interrelated problems in South Dakota from the perspective of businesses and employers our state does not have enough workers in many skilled fields and This is a barrier to economic growth We have companies that do not expand or that turn away business because they cannot hire enough skilled workers to do the work Almost any business owner will identify workforce as a significant concern But we must we must also see this from the perspective of our young people We want them to receive an education that allows them to find well-paying fulfilling jobs here in South Dakota We have an excellent education system in our state, but we must help all of our young people achieve this goal So how are we doing? First some national perspective It's clear that post-secondary education is important in today's job market when I graduated from college in the early 70s post-secondary education was not especially common a Few years ago a Harvard University study entitled pathways to prosperity Looked back to 1973 about that time at that time nearly 3/4 of jobs were held by workers with a high school diploma or less In 2016 Georgetown University's Center on education in the workforce issued a report America's divided recovery, which found that only 34 percent of jobs are now filled with employees with a high school diploma or less and This trend toward workers with more than high school diploma began in the early 2000s and has recently accelerated and jobs for those with no Post-secondary training are trending down even faster Georgetown's reports showed that in the six years after the recession ended the economy added 11.6 million jobs 11.5 million of them or 99% Have gone to workers with at least some post-secondary education those with a high school diploma or less Gained only 80,000 jobs less than one percent of those jobs Looking at it another way this graph from Georgetown University Shows first the loss of jobs during the recession And then the recovery of jobs the shaded area on the Left shows that the recession from December 2007 to January of 2010 the blue line shows Jobs held by those with the bachelor's degree or more The numbers show as you can see slight gains and losses during the recession and then when it ended 8.4. Million new jobs were added for those with a bachelor's degree or higher The orange line shows jobs held by those with an associate's degree or some college short of a bachelor's degree You can see about two million of these jobs were lost During the recession. This is the orange line Lost during the recession But regained afterward plus 1.1 million more The Green Line shows jobs held by those with a high school diploma or less About 6 million jobs were lost during the recession and those with a high school diploma Or less have regained only 80,000 of them So given this we want our kids to graduate from high school and then pursue some post-secondary Education and these are things were already Encouraging so again we have to ask ourselves. How are we doing there in South Dakota? To help us understand what's been happening last spring I asked our Department of Education to look at ninth graders Who enrolled in high school in 2006 10 years ago? To see how they fared over the next 10 years why 10 years well it takes most students four years to graduate from high school and Some students graduate college or tech schools in two years some in for some in five and some might take six years to graduate most of the rest have quit by that time So let's look at 10 years our best data is for students in public schools We had ten thousand five hundred thirteen ninth graders Enter high school in South Dakota in the fall of 2006 now to make the numbers easier to follow we'll talk about a hundred of them as Representing the cohort of those one hundred ninth graders 23 did not graduate leaving 77 high school graduates of those 77 graduates about two-thirds of them 52 entered some kind of post-secondary education some began a two-year program Some started a four-year program less than half of them completed their program in South Dakota by 2016 So six years after they began less half Had completed so thus of those one hundred ninth graders Less than one-fourth of them persisted to complete a post-secondary education effort within ten years Now some of the others have found or will find success through Directly entering the workforce and succeeding there or joining the military or through transferring and graduating from an out-of-state institution or some other means But many of these will not find the success we want them to find Now this situation is not unique to South Dakota. It's a problem seen across the nation, Colorado has a chart like this It's almost exactly the same as ours houses a little better, California has a similar chart Now one piece of good new news is that South Dakota is getting better Our high school graduation rate is improving and at the post-secondary level the state universities are very focused on improving retention rates through graduation our best technical schools have a graduation rate over 70% So we are improving still we have a long way to go to many students still do not complete their post-secondary efforts Among young people who do pursue additional education after high school many are unaware of Which educational pathways lead to skills or credentials which are in demand and qualify a person for a good job? two summers ago I Hired a high school student to do some work at our farm. He was a good student hardworking and respectful with good grades I asked about his plans after graduation He said he was going to enroll in a private university to major in psychology Tuition room and board at this school amounts to about $90,000 for four years and that's if you graduate in four years and mind you these days only about 1/4 of the students who enter a 4-year degree program graduate in 4 years later I asked this young man to lunch and provided him with New York Federal Reserve data showing poor job prospects for psychology majors with those few jobs paying $25,000 or less I also showed him that the number of psychology majors is is huge With much competition for the very few jobs available, and he was very surprised He had no idea. He said this is disconcerting. That's in quote This is disconcerting now. You know that's a smart kid right? He was right it should be disconcerting and I'm not saying a psychology major can't be successful some employers require a bachelor's degree in any field As a prerequisite to applying and many young people at Social Science degrees go on to graduate school. That's what I did But young people need to know this information when they're making these decisions before they make these decisions Now we've taken several steps to improve this situation through an effort we're calling career launch we're encouraging high schools to expand the availability of work based education experiences such as apprenticeships and internships Or jobs chattering during school the best way for young people to learn about careers and find fields They like or don't like is to experience them In addition these work experiences help our young people learn how to arrive on time how to dress appropriately for the job how to interact with co-workers and customers and with fewer people fewer students holding jobs while in high school these days work based education experiences may be the best way or Even the only way to learn these foundational skills that every employer expects of every employee Let me give you an example in Yankton Many high school seniors plan their schedules so that their traditional Classes are compressed into half a day either the morning or afternoon During the other half of the day the students works at a paid internship with an employer in town the student receives high school credit paid at least $11 an hour gains exposure to a career field and learns those foundational skills I just mentioned this month were piloting career launch with or school districts Sioux Falls Rapid City Yankton and Brookings that have already taken some steps in this direction so that we can learn from them and Help them move forward as well. We hope to expand this effort in the future to more districts Assigned personnel will help schools coordinate with employers to add work based learning experience opportunities And they'll also supplement a school's career counseling services so that young people receive more information about career fields and education pathways Here's one example last month. I joined an announcement in Sioux Falls of a partnership among Dakota State University southeast Technical Institute the Sioux Falls School District and the South Dakota Department of Labor and regulation through this partnership high school juniors and seniors Will take dual credit courses in cybersecurity? network services or software development These dual credit courses will count toward their high school diploma The courses will also count as stackable credentials toward college credit students can earn a certificate from Southeast tech stop there or go on to an associate's degree stop there or Go on to a bachelor's degree at Dakota State University Students will also have the opportunity to work in a local business using their course training The Department of Labor will be working with Dakota State and southeast tech to create a registered apprenticeship in these technology fields This is an example of the type of work based education that I hope will take root in South Dakota I'm particularly excited about this when I was in Switzerland I saw many students in high tech apprenticeships. We need to change the notion that Apprenticeships are confined to the construction trades such as electricians or plumbers or carpenters apprenticeships can offer a pathway for training in many career fields We're emphasizing training in these cyber fields not only because of in-demand Well-paying jobs, but also because it's a strength of Dakota State University Dakota State announced last some Generous thirty million dollar gift from Denny Sanford and Myles and Lisa Meachem and this gift to the beacon College of computer and cyber Sciences will keep Dakota State a national leader where it's already a center of excellence Designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security New programs scholarships and a new research facility are all being added Of course the gift to the Beacom College is not the first time that Denny Sanford has made a major donation to advance workforce development in 2014 he donated 25 million Which the state matched to launch the 50 million dollar build Dakota scholarship fund now in its third year approximately 300 students annually receive full-ride scholarships to attend a Technical Institute These students enroll in a high need program and promise to work in South Dakota after they graduate in fields like precision agriculture automotive Surgical Technology robotics electrics or nursing Nationally over the past four years Enrollment in two-year institutions is down nearly eleven percent in South Dakota though during that period Technical Institute enrollment is up two percent and in build Dakota programs up nearly 10 percent the first build Dakota Scholars Graduated last fall and today 208 recipients are working in South Dakota in a high need field Another important opportunity for high school students is the state dual credit program now in its fourth year you've had you've heard me say it many times dual credit is a win-win-win students win Because these are the cheapest college credits. They will ever buy and they get a head start on college or tech school High schools also win because they can expand their course offerings and no cost to the school district Universities and tech schools win as well Although we do ask them to discount their tuition rate this program attracts more South Dakota students to our institutions retains more freshman after the first year and helps graduate students on last year 2224 high school students took at least one dual credit course from a university another 934 took a Technical Institute course the pass rate is excellent over 90% and the cost savings are substantial Late last year these students saved an estimated 5.3 million dollars compared to the tuition rate. They would otherwise pay this year I'll propose to update the state dual credit statute and to clarify the manner in which the students the Institutions and the state share the cost of this program, and I hope you'll support that legislation As I mentioned I've made workforce policy my policy initiative for the Western Governors Association and I invited US Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta to participate in our first summit in Sioux Falls When he was here he asked me as WGA chair to promote another issue that he is that is a priority of the Trump administration, and that's Streamlining professional license year the Trump administration is concerned that professional licensure standards hurt the economy By creating a barrier to entering many professions Licensure can also make it difficult for professionals to move because each state has its own licensure requirements Clearly professional licensure plays an important role in protecting the public No one wants to be operated on by an unlicensed doctor or have one's house wired by an unlicensed electrician But we must be sure that licensure Isn't used to keep qualified workers out of the market I? Reached out to the governor's of North, Dakota, Montana Wyoming and Colorado and all expressed an interest in a reciprocity compact for professional licensure the idea is simple if already licensed in one state a Professional can move to another member state and practice for 18 months Enough time to earn a license in that state if one chooses to do so this year I'll ask that you pass a statute to create this compact and To create reciprocity with any other state that also an accent the hope is that a number of Western states will establish this compact which then can spread to other states as well I'd like now to speak about education Two years ago we enacted the recommendations of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon task force to increase teacher pay and reform school funding I'm pleased with the progress to date in the first year average teacher pay in South Dakota increased eight point eight percent We saw sizeable salary increases across the state in small districts and large in fact some of the largest percentage actually happened in small districts in faith average teacher salaries increased twenty four point seven percent in Wahby they increased by twenty six point four percent in Leola average teacher salaries increased by twenty eight point seven percent I've heard from many Superintendents that these increases have improved their ability to recruit and retain teachers and although certain Geographic areas or fields of study are more difficult. We have improved the situation greatly I'm also pleased with the progress. We've made in Transportation three years ago this body passed a comprehensive highway funding bill Which generates eighty five million dollars in new annual revenue for roads and bridges? the measure raised the gas tax by six cents a gallon and increase the motor vehicle excise tax and license plate fees I'm Happy to report that the new money is being put to good use The state has awarded two hundred ninety eight construction contracts amounting to seven hundred and fifty million dollars these projects have encompassed work on six thousand seventy eight miles of state highway and 172 bridges many of these projects would not have been possible Many of these repairs would not have occurred without this new revenue One example of a project is the highway 100 project that will connect the east side of Sioux Falls to interstate 90 this continuation of a Sioux Falls corridor will improve industrial and commercial mobility and sustain expected growth over the next 20 years This is the largest highway contract in state Street, and the completed highway will be owned and maintained by the city Bridges can also be expensive for local governments to maintain Which is why we included a provision in the bill to create the bridge improvement grant program? The first project to replace the driving surface on a bridge in Davidson County was completed last fall 37 more bridge projects should be under construction in 2018 in addition another 100 bridge improvement grants have been made for hydraulic analysis and structure selection No one likes tax increases But it's less expensive to maintain a good road than to rebuild a bad one as Ronald Reagan said when he proposed a gas tax increase in 1982 the bridges and highways we fail to repair today will have to be rebuilt Tomorrow at many times the cost It reminds me of an old saying the best time to plant a tree was 50 years ago the second best time is today on Our farm when I was a boy we always had a big garden And we ordered plants and seeds by mail from Gurney's and yankton With every order Gurney's would always enclose a bonus item as a gift One year our bonus was a heck bury bare root seeding seedling only about a foot long My dad and I planted that seedling and now fifty years later. It's strong and tall here's a picture of that tree today Before us come so many issues deferred maintenance highways criminal justice teacher pay That can't be solved in one year, but a start must be made we could kick the can down the road But the problem would only worsen and so we must do what we can with bipartisan support and without regard to politics These things require patience persistence and attention to small details. It's a conservative approach Being good steward of the state and its assets When I was running for governor, I promised to analyze state-owned property and right-size or sell unneeded assets Looking back in the 1800s once Dakotah became a state we housed people with mental or physical problems in large state-owned institutions often for life We built big State Hospital campuses in Yankton Redfield and Custer and elsewhere Sadly many people were often sent away and forgotten by their families We now know that in most cases. It's better to serve our citizens in their homes and communities often through community-based providers But the state has continued to own these large old campuses decades later Some of the buildings when I took office were still being used, but others had fallen into significant disrepair after being vacant for decades It's irresponsible to let vacant buildings fall in on themselves and also Irresponsible to spend taxes maintaining unneeded property it's better to return these properties to the tax rolls We began to address this in Yankton of the Human Services Center We demolished several dilapidated buildings sold land that was no longer needed and negotiated a lease purchase With the local Historical Society to preserve the historic Mead building that restoration funded by charitable gifts and local taxes is near completion We've addressed this problem on other state campuses selling surplus property in Redfield Custer County and Minnehaha County we sold the Plankinton training school campus to the For-profit company that was leasing and operating it and the Board of Regents is exploring options to better use the School for the Deaf campus in Sioux Falls This philosophy extends to current state buildings as well We must properly maintain them so future governors and legislators aren't left with more rundown buildings together We've set a goal of appropriating two percent of value in maintenance and repair of state buildings and our budgets Including university buildings this year I'm proposing to add state-owned Technical Institute buildings as well Due to our budget situation. We can't quite to 2%, but it needs to remain a priority, and we need to make a start Beyond maintenance through our own captive we now ensure all state buildings And have made safety improvements such as the new fire protection system in the Capitol when I took office this building was uninsured For example many state buildings were uninsured While preserving our physical assets were also keeping South Dakota on sound financial footing we passed a constitutional amendment Explicitly requiring a balanced budget, and we've structurally balanced our budget every year that I've been in office honestly We've improved many financial practices Placing them in statute and putting more financial information online than ever before We've maintained reserve funds of at least 10% of general fund expenditures And when we had excess reserves we use them to prepay debt I'm very proud that we've kept our pension fund fully funded one of just a handful in the nation The trustees of the South Dakota Retirement System have led the nation in their innovative reforms to protect the pension plan long term These sound practices have earned South Dakota triple-a credit rating the highest possible from all three major rating agencies we should all be proud of this We can also be proud of the work We've done to preserve and improve South Dakota's outdoors, and natural resources we created Good Earth State Park Which is a significant not only for its natural beauty, but for its historical and cultural significance to Native Americans Our state buildings are more energy efficient and are redesigned. Governors houses use less energy our new buffer strip program Has begun to increase natural grasses to improve water quality and create even more wildlife habitat and in the Black Hills We completed a multi-year effort to fight the mountain pine beetle Open a new beautiful visitor center in Custer State Park and improved other facilities on the interstates we're also Refurbishing rest areas and creating welcome centers at our borders to welcome more visitors to South Dakota And to return to the analogy of planting trees over the past seven years We have literally been planting trees on the Capitol Complex alone We've planted more than five hundred trees and in our state parks thousands more Among our state parks our crown jewel is Custer State Park I want to talk for a moment about the recent fire on the morning of Monday December 11 the fire broke out near Legion Lake and over the next two days dry Conditions warm temperatures and high winds drove the fire over 50,000 acres making it the third largest Black Hills fire on record Despite the arduous conditions. We were very fortunate to have our own Season Type 2 incident team based in the Black Hills to lead the response We could not have responded as quickly or as effectively without our own South Dakota wildland fire type 2 team professional and volunteer firefighters from across the state and region responded to give aid Local ranchers and Custer State Park staff all contributed when high winds caused the fire to jump containment lines firefighters emergency responders law enforcement and park staff went door-to-door To help families evacuate as the fire pressed at their heels more than 340 firefighters worked that night or in the days after to protect primary structures Thanks to all efforts Thanks to the efforts of all involved. No lives were lost no one was injured and no homes or primary structures were lost all 175 houses in the area were protected and the farmers ranchers and local residents all had a home to which they could return for Christmas a Fire can sometimes be healthy if it clears unwanted undergrowth and in merit many areas. That's what happened Thankfully the buffalo herd and wildlife were largely unaffected We did lose fencing most of our winter pastures and some stands of timber But new fencing is being built some of the Buffalo moved to an unburned area and were buying some hay We're also working on a salvage timber sale to capture some you from the burn Custer State Park reopened just 11 days after the fire started this Could have been much much worse if not for the hard work and heroic efforts of our firefighters It was South Dakota at its best People from all across the state pulling together in a time of need please help me. Thank them now Last summer you met in special session to address non meandered waters a contentious issue in South Dakota since the 1990s past legislative solutions had been elusive The situation came to a head last March when the Supreme Court said it was quote up to the legislature to decide How these waters are to be been officially used in the public interest? You heard that message and went to work and the open waters compromise you passed is already working today more than 99% of all non meandered bodies of water with manage fisheries are open for recreation a small red sliver on the chart there This is not just a win for South Dakotans who enjoy fishing and boating the owners of the ground under these waters have demonstrated their support for the compromise by keeping nearly all of these waters open and This process has created a new dialogue among sportsmen and landowners, which has been positive for all During the special session the adopted bill included a provision to sunset the law this June So that the legislature could consider whether it was properly working But I believe that it the law is working and I'm introducing a bill for your consideration to extend the sunset Date by three years to June of 2021 that will give the new system more time to work before we consider opportunities for improvement The open waters compromise is one of many instances in which a bipartisan effort has solved a problem And that's what South Dakotans expect of us. They want problems solved they want elected officials to be ethical Transparent and accessible, and they want opportunities to participate in their government Throughout my time in office. I've taken these expectations to heart and have tried to make efforts in these areas through our revamped open SD website the public can easily access State financial information and see the same financial metrics that I see every week We launched the boards and commissions portal, which is one stop shop site rather for meeting no agendas and information previously difficult or impossible to find another website SD net has dramatically increased availability of live streaming for public meetings still another the administrative rules website helps citizens follow the rule making process This body has also done a number of things to advance transparency and accountability in state government last year you took up many ethics measures to codify the Concepts of initiated measure 22 that were supported by South Dakotans Public servants from West River and East River on the right and the left and in the legislature and executive Branches came together to pass these bills a total of nine replacement measures were passed under these new laws legislators statewide elected officials and agency heads are prohibited from accepting expensive gift from lobbyists new whistleblower protections have been created for state and local employees legislators and high-ranking executive branch officials who leave state service may not lobby for two years Campaign funds may not be used for personal expenses or transferred to a personal account and a new accountability board has been established to receive ethics complaints initiate investigations and refer criminal activity to the Division of Criminal Investigation In July I pointed for retired judges to this board two Democrats and two Republicans Better government is about more than Accessibility and transparency though, it's also about efficiency today You can go online to renew your drivers license apply for a pardon search and apply for state jobs Look up the status of an inmate or parolee see the restaurant health inspection scores Compare your take-home pay to other states state government has apps to buy hunting and fishing licenses explore travel destinations see Road conditions agencies are using social media to spread Information more quickly and to directly communicate with South Dakotans we offer GIS maps to help the public Find land for hunting locate recycling facilities pinpoint oil and gas wells Herman lake levels identify water bodies eligible for buffer strip protections More and more and more can be done online We know however that online shopping Has made it more difficult for our state to collect sales and use taxes our state has been at the forefront of the national Efforts to solve this problem we continue to hope that Congress will address this problem But in the meantime two years ago this body passed Senate bill 106 to require online sellers Without a fiscal presence in South Dakota to collect and remit sales tax since then over 100 companies like Amazon have come forward to do this voluntarily other retailers though challenged our ability to collect these taxes, and we knew they would and that Case is working quickly through the judicial process this month This month we expect to hear whether or not the US Supreme Court will take up our case the National Governors Association the Tax Foundation the National Retail Federation the American Farm Bureau Federation have all joined, South Dakota and 35 other states in Urging the United States Supreme Court to take up the case. We can't know how they may rule But we can be proud that South Dakota has been a leader in addressing this national issue of tax uniformity Let's hope for the sake of South Dakota businesses the problem will finally be resolved As we continue to our efforts to address online sales We're also encouraging more business and more opportunity for our state Let me tell you about just a few of the many good things happening in South Dakota Last July we broke ground on the long baseline neutrino facility of the Sanford underground research facility This experiment this experiment will fire a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab near, Chicago To huge detectors at the Sanford underground research facility and lead the experiment hopes to unravel one of the great mysteries of the universe a the the universe the oscillation of Neutrinos, but you that Your psychology majors doing Oh This experiment will require a four hundred million dollar construction investment in lead That will have an impact of nearly 1 billion dollars South Dakota also continues to be a destination for millions of visitors every year since 2011 Tourism has set new records for visitor volume and visitor spending since 2011 our visitor volume has grown from an estimated 12.5 million visitors to thirteen point nine million visitors in 2016 with a corresponding increase of four hundred and fifty million dollars in visitor spending I'm also very excited about South Dakota's emerging biotech sector last year sa B biotherapeutics broke ground on a new facility in Lincoln County Sa B biotherapeutics is well known for developing the world's first large animal platform technology to produce fully human polyclonal antibodies You knew that too These human antibodies are aimed at prevention and treatment of human ailments like cancer autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases the facility in Lincoln County will be the first of its kind designed specifically for cattle and will allow sa B to extend and expand its capabilities herd and team for production of life-saving technologies Overall 2017 was a great year in terms of economic development wins the governor's office of Economic Development helped facilitate Deals that total over 735 million dollars in investment, and they're expected to create more than fourteen hundred new jobs in South Dakota today I'm pleased to share That Agri pure cooperative a leader in the North American dairy industry and producer a wide variety of dairy products is pursuing plans to expand their Lake Norden cheese plan after an extensive multi-year site search and review the 250 million dollar expansion will substantially increase Daily milk processing in Lake Norden to eventually triple the capacity of the plant in requiring 125 new full-time employees Once fully operational the Agri pure expansion will have just over a billion dollars In estimated annual impact to the region and state we project it will support more than 90,000 additional dairy cows Last way last May. We also broke ground on a major new egg processing facility in Aberdeen AG peas new state-of-the-art soybean processing facility highlights our emphasis on Adding value to our egg products by processing processing them within our borders AG peas investment will create 50 full-time jobs and have a substantial economic impact Understand the scale of this the facility will eventually process the equivalent of 20% of our state's entire soybean annual crop which will extend beyond Aberdeen and the benefit and benefit arm farmers by opening up a new market and increasing the price for their soybeans these are just two of many 2017 success stories there are many more in Sioux Falls We supported gage brothers a 100 year old South Dakota manufacturer as it launched a new 40 million dollar facility We supported balcony's enterprises to construct a new 22,000 square foot processing and warehouse facility in El Nino Point to add 22 full-time jobs in Beresford we secured a commitment from Hendricks Genetics to build a 25 million-dollar commercial turkey hatchery Creating 79 new jobs this facility will hatch over half a million turkeys each week It's great news for Beresford and for other communities in South Dakota And we will see another 40 million dollars of investment and another 48 new jobs from The Associated laying barns we've also supported our advanced manufacturing sector through assistance to Rapid City based V our seam or metal systems which Uses cold spray material coating technology jointly developed by the School of Mines and the Army Research Lab VRC is Renovating a vacant school in boxelder to house its new Manufacturing and office space they plan to create 60 new positions by the end of this year There have been many other business expansions including Otter Tail power in Northeast, South Dakota Red's all-natural foods in North Sioux City benign creations in Rapid City applied engineering in Yankton performance pet in Mitchell Great Plains processing in Yankton Aero trailers in Watertown and Harvard integrations in T We're seeing success because South Dakota allows businesses to prosper We have a low tax burden. No corporate income tax no personal income tax No business inventory or personal property tax or inheritance tax And we also have low costs and reasonable regulations And we've been diligent over the past seven years about removing red tape in fact since 2011 I've proposed and you have approved the elimination of our of over four thousand six hundred sections of obsolete or unnecessary laws and rules Accounting for more than five hundred and fifteen thousand words, and we'll proposing more of those bills this year One area where regulation continues to stifle economic development is microbrewing South Dakota statutes limit the ability of our homegrown craft breweries to grow and thrive current South Dakota law Current law caps micro breweries at five thousand barrels per year Compared that to Montana's cap of sixty thousand Wyoming fifty thousand North Dakota 25 thousand again South Dakota five thousand and In addition South Dakota does not allow an in-state micro brewery to sell its product directly to a retailer, Montana Wyoming North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa all allow that This year I'm proposing legislation to make us more competitive with our surrounding states, so this emerging industry can continue to grow More over South Dakota's alcohol laws were written over 80 years ago after prohibition ended And they have been amended many times The statutes in this area are a mess and in many cases They just don't make sense I'll be supporting several bills this session to streamline and modernize these statutes So they make sense for a 21st century economy One of the most important steps, we've taken in economic development over the past seven years has been the creation of the building South Dakota program I Spoke to you last month in the budget address about my proposal to strengthen this program And I know many of you want building South Dakota to have a reliable ongoing revenue stream So these grant programs can be sustained My proposal is an improvement over the current system, which relies on volatile revenue sources and which is too complicated as I explained last month my budget proposal takes the approximately three million dollars per year in Contractors excise tax that's currently diverted to building, South Dakota and instead directs that money back to the general fund Then I'm proposing that we allocate three million dollars the same amount in general funds In to the funds that make up building South Dakota the Housing Development Authority would commit another 1.5 million dollars for the next five years Adding four hundred thousand dollars annually from the private activity bond fund as well This would bring a total of four point nine million dollars in ongoing funds to be spent in turn in the general appropriations bill for building South Dakota programs this proposal would eliminate the five percent stream of dollars that's currently allocated to the ready fund and we'd Reallocate the dollars instead to the four remaining funds the Housing Opportunity Fund The local infrastructure fund the workforce education fund and the Economic Development Partnership fund now if we make these changes these four funds will exist in the general appropriations act each year rather than relying on a Complicated side statute this will make it easier for legislators to weigh the relative benefits of each fund and to allocate future revenue increases as our needs change Governor George s. Mickelson is remembered for his efforts to bridge gaps between Native Americans and non-natives Governor Mickelson called on South Dakotans of all races to focus on areas of agreement Which led to successes in tribal tourism health care and small business development during my time in office I've tried to follow governor Mickelson's example And I visit reservations to meet with tribal officials every year In recent years the Department of tribal relations has facilitated partnerships among state agencies and the nine tribes We now have tax collection agreements with eight tribes and gaming compacts with eight tribes in 2016 and 2017 the department of game fish and parks signed cooperative memorandums of understanding With the Lower Brule Sioux tribe the rosebud Sioux tribe the Oglala Sioux tribe and the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe to improve communication and management of Wildlife and lands and the Department of Environment Natural Resources has dedicated millions of dollars for the operation and maintenance of tribal drinking water systems in Corrections, we've implemented a tribal parole program with assistant in Wahpeton or yata That's been very successful and leaders in Flandreau are working on a proposal to start a similar program for the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe I Value the Intergovernmental relationship the state has with the tribes and the Native Americans who call South Decor home And I hope we can continue to progress in these areas One issue that's important to all South Dakotans including our tribes is infant mortality when I was first elected I was shocked to learn how many infants were not reaching their first birthday South Dakota's infant mortality rate was higher than the race in surrounding states I Asked my wife Linda to work with a group of doctors nurses Tribal health care workers social workers and Department of Health officials to understand the causes of this problem in their research they found that deciding against early elective deliveries abstaining from tobacco learning safe sleep practices And receiving prenatal care are critical to an infant's well-being now if you know Linda You know she's someone who gets things done Once the task force identified the problems she began to work toward solutions She joined the former first lady of North Dakota Betsy Dalrymple to request that all of the birthing hospitals in the Dakotas Reduce early elective deliveries, and they listen every birthing hospital in South Dakota ad read agreed to do so Checking this off the list Linda moved on to something a little tougher tobacco use she worked with the Department of Health to redouble efforts to reach more pregnant moms with resources like the 24/7 quit line and the new data looks promising since 2011 we've seen smoking during pregnancy declined by nineteen point five percent Linda has also traveled the state to promote safe sleep practices. Thanks to her even I know the ABCs of safe sleep Infants need to be alone on their backs in a crib She's gained donation to cribs for kids a program that provides safe sleep kits to families and financial need Through Linda's advocacy more than nine thousand two hundred new parents and caregivers have received these cribs After seven years of Linda's work on this issue I am happy to report them late the latest data shows More, South Dakota babies are celebrating their first birthday with only about four point eight deaths per 1,000 live births That's our lowest rate ever for infant deaths, please help me, thank Thanks for helping me out their Point It's been nearly one year since Donald Trump became our 45th president And the new administration is giving States more flexibility in administering federal programs one recent example is in Medicaid The Trump administration recently indicated that for the first time it's willing to consider work Requirements for Medicaid enrollees who are non elderly? able-bodied adults I've asked our State Department of Social Services to pursue a waiver so our state can require People who receive Medicaid to work if they're able Keep in mind that in many other states Medicaid coverage has been expanded to add many additional adults now in South Dakota Medicaid covers only children pregnant women people with disabilities and very low income parents Work requirements may only apply to a subset of that last category Very low income able-bodied parents who aren't already working or caring for a child under one that's approximately forty five hundred individuals I Proposed to pilot the new requirement in Minnehaha and Pennington counties where there's the greatest availability of employment and of training resources Will use the same services that we already require for those on unemployment? To help participants find jobs and for those families whose income goes up we'll provide interim resources such as childcare assistance and premium assistance to support families as they transition off Medicaid as We wait for approval of the federal waiver. We'll begin a voluntary program for participants in July work Is an important part of personal fulfillment? There's a sense of pride that comes with having a job to do and being able to provide for your family By making this adjustment to our Medicaid program we can continue to help those who need it the most and Start to connect those who can work with jobs that give them that sense of self-worth accomplishment Another issue that requires hard work over a long period of time is drug abuse Last October President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency according to the White House in our country drug overdose deaths now outnumber fatal crashes and gun related deaths combined with 175 Americans dying each day Fortunately South Dakota's prescription drug overdose death rate remains relatively low where we rank second lowest in the nation That's good Still every one of these deaths is a tragedy and the over prescription of opioids is something we have seen in our state in 2015 for instance The number of opioids prescribed in South Dakota would have been enough to medicate every South Dakota adult around-the-clock for 19 straight days Now some solutions require a top-down approach last year you pass legislation that requires pharmacies to enter painkiller prescriptions into a statewide database within 24 hours that legislation also requires participation by prescribers of controlled substances in the prescription drug monitoring program In 2015 and 2016 we put new laws in place to increase access to naloxone Which is used to treat opiate? overdose as Of the end of December the state has practiced and provided 807 doses of naloxone to first responders There is no legislative fix however that will completely solve this problem We can't mandate away addiction And we need health care providers private organizations law enforcement communities and individuals to all play a role It's been promising to see South Dakota's health care systems provide additional guidance to their providers on when to prescribe these drugs And it's having an impact The state Medical Association is doing its part as well by developing resources for physicians to recognize and treat opioid addiction and prescribe opioids Appropriately, they'll be holding holding in-person and web-based educational sessions starting this month the Board of Pharmacy partnering with local pharmacies is establishing permanent sites throughout the state where anyone can dispose of certain expired unused and unwanted prescription drugs The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked In 2016 we established the South Dakota Advisory Council on opioid abuse its strategic plan supports developing medication assisted treatment capacity this approach uses Medications in combine in combination with behavioral therapies to provide a holistic approach to treatment This year the Advisory Council will be working to raise public awareness about the risks of recreational opioid use through a media campaign at school-based opioid prevention activities We also continue to wrestle with the methamphetamine Problem in our state on the prevention front the Department of Social Services has funded more than 245 presentations in communities and schools with thousands of people hearing their message and the Attorney General's Office has also undertaken an education campaign additionally this month prevention Resource Center's will complete a meth prevention toolkit for communities for the most part We're seeing less meth manufactured in homegrown laboratories It's more often manufactured on a larger scale and trafficked into the Midwest the drug interdiction task force made above DCI Agents and Highway Patrol officers has been hard at work over the last year to stop meth from coming into our state and we need to continue to do more to choke off these distribution channels for Those who are severely addicted the Department of Social Services is working to expand and increase access to treatment Ensuring treatment is evidence-based and that providers are equipped and trained to provide intensive treatment models We've recently seen some hopeful results in substance abuse treatment in 2017 over 69% of individuals entering treatment for substance abuse Completed successfully compared to the national average of only 44% Employment rates at discharge were 9 percent higher in South Dakota than the national average as well The this meth epidemic has had a profound impact on our criminal justice system It's been five years since the passage of the Public Safety Improvement Act juvenile reform legislation followed two years later The impetus for both was the belief that we could do better For adults South Dakota had a higher imprisonment rate than any other rate in any other state in our region Per capita We are locking up seventy five percent more men than North Dakota and four times as many women as in North as in Minnesota edie were eighty one percent of new commitment admissions to prison were for nonviolent crimes Among juveniles South Dakota had the highest juvenile incarceration rate in the country It was nearly three times the national average at the same time our juvenile violent crime arrest rate was approximately one third of the national average again We are locking up primarily nonviolent juvenile offenders in the years since those reforms. We've seen progress in Dealing with nonviolent offenders our drug and DUI courts have expanded capacity Our community-based treatment programs have been enlarged, and we're seeing more probationers complete successfully Still we can yet improve. It's important We always turn a critical eye toward past policies and be willing to adapt to changing conditions We should always be willing to be smarter today than we were yesterday When we first passed the adult criminal justice reforms in 2013 no one foresaw the influx of meth that has occurred in South Dakota and in other Midwestern states Last year in response to the meth epidemic. We pass legislation endorsed by the law enforcement and state's attorneys That requires jail time for those who use drugs while on probation or parole mandatory? we also expanded the of 24/7 hope probation for drug offenders and After hearing from school leaders that juvenile reforms had made it too. Difficult to enforce truancy laws We passed legislation to give schools and law enforcement more tools to use in response to truancy Just as with work force we should always strive to improve We also need to recognize there have been huge positive changes as a result of the reforms Functional family therapy which offers treatment for the entire family to address juvenile issues is available in every single community in South Dakota And we're seeing positive results from this treatment today 346 families have successfully completed This therapy and 88% of these families have reported a positive change in The adult system capacity and specialty courts like drug and DUI courts has nearly Quadrupled since the passage of the reforms and South Dakota's substance abuse treatment and criminal thinking completers Have a lower recidivism rate than the overall do see population overall 23% of it individuals released from prison returned within 12 months, I'll say that again 23% of individuals released from prison returned within 12 months But that rate is only 10 percent for those who complete this cognitive substance abuse treatment and only 5% for those who complete moral recognition to Thor api-- Juvenile justice reforms were enacted in 2015 at that time as I mentioned South Dakota had the highest rate of commitment in the nation I Know we all hear concerns from law enforcement and school leaders concerning the juvenile reforms That's why we made some of the changes we did last year But when someone tells you the reforms aren't working we need to understand exactly What is the problem and what policy change might address it a? broad-brush is insufficient the statutory purpose of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation and we must never lose that focus Spent 20 years working at Children's Home Society, which operates institutions for children who have suffered abuse and neglect often these children have behavioral problems at Children's home our priority was always to do whatever we could to return children to their families Or if that was not possible to a foster or adoptive family I know juvenile offenders can be difficult, but we need to remain focused on what is best for them Locking up children because they're difficult to deal with is not acceptable Putting a child in an institution away from the community is incredibly disruptive to the life of a child We must reserve institutions for children who pose a risk of harm to others Our system has always allowed for that and the juvenile reforms did not change that in fact Juvenile commitments to state-run facilities have been falling in almost every state in the nation over the past 18 years nationwide placements fell from forty thousand six hundred seventy eight in nineteen ninety seven to Thirteen thousand nine hundred thirty nine hundred seventy in 2013 in South Dakota They fell from three hundred fifteen to one hundred and two before the 2015 passage of juvenile reforms now remember that those Reforms passed in 2015 most of them became effective January 1 of 2016 if you add the prior year 2015 our placements had fallen farther still to only forty eight a Juvenile Craig Creek who commits a violent crime Can be committed to the Department of Corrections and a judge can also commit a child who's found To pose a serious risk of harm to others beyond those cases We must continue to build our capacity to treat children in their communities near their homes families and schools Whenever possible for most children as for most adult offenders this offers the greatest chance of true rehabilitation Before I close today I'd like to say a word about the South Dakota National Guard in 2017 400 one soldiers and airmen with the South Dakota National Guard served overseas soldiers with the 153rd Engineer Battalion returned home in September after serving a ten month deployment to the Middle East today right now 109 of our soldiers and 96 of our Airmen are abroad serving in the Middle East Romania and other parts of Europe Last year we had 11 state active duty missions including wildfire response security support for the Presidential Inauguration Assistance to Puerto Rico following Hurricane, Maria and the airspace control alert mission, which serves to protect the country from any type of emergency including acts of terrorism I'm proud of the South Dakota National Guard it continuously distinguishes itself for example South Dakota leads the nation in unit readiness the National Guard Bureau the national level of the National Guard annually designates superior units based upon personnel strength training completion and inspection marks last year only 35 Army National Guard units in the nation were named superior 35 in the nation two were from Iowa Ten from Virginia the other 23 four were all from South Dakota Because of their service and the sacrifices of all who have served in the military we can meet here today To chart the course of our state's future and so it's fitting that we've added a reminder of that service to our Capitol building Last summer we moved our state's Hall of Honor Which commemorates South Dakota's Medal of Honor recipients? We moved it to the Capitals first floor Formerly in the soldiers and sailors building. It was not as visible, and it was not accessible to those with limited mobility one of these mornings when you arrive early I hope you'll pause to read the incredible stories of each of these men who represent the very best our state has to offer Finally now I'd like to say a few words about our state's farmers and ranchers It's been another tough year After seeing a lack of moisture in the spring we declared a statewide emergency In June and activated the state drought pass force to assist producers the drought persisted throughout the summer and at one point in August 97% 97% of the state was Abnormally dry with more than half in severe or extreme drought drought conditions are Exacerbated the impact of low prices over the last few years 27 looks to be near a low in terms of farm income Our economists are hopeful of some marginal improvement this year if production levels increase But improvement will depend upon the weather of course and and in part on federal trade policy Even though we don't know what this year will bring there's still reason to be hopeful during the good times our farmers and ranchers invested in themselves Farmers adopted new technologies and upgraded their equipment added green storage and other new facilities our Ranchers also invested in new equipment fencing in Corral's along with better genetics those investments have positioned them to seize Opportunities when times are good again We continue to see success under the county site analysis program that helps counties identify sites conducive to Ag devel Fifty-four of our 57 counties that asked to participate in the program have had their analysis Completed and the remaining three are currently underway In August we broke ground on upgrades to the Animal Disease Research and diagnostic lab Which you approved last session this lab produces critical research and diagnostic support to protect our livestock industry from disease outbreaks the expansion ensures the lab Can address the needs of producers when they need it the most? Agriculture is the foundation of our state's economy and it always will be? because of the generations of resilient individuals who gave their all working the land Combining until dark calving at 2:00 in the morning getting up before dawn to milk and feeding livestock in sub-zero temperatures These hardy leaders grew the industry to what it is today, and they will bring us through the next year and the years to come Even when times are tough, we have many reasons to be hopeful We have it good in South Dakota There is no better place to live work or raise a family No better place South Dakota is a state where people can succeed if you show up and work hard you can make a good life for yourself here This is why site selection calls South Dakota the number one state for achieving the American dream we have high quality of life an abundance of outdoor recreation safe communities good roads good schools We have one of the best safe drinking rod or records in the nation and a stellar clean air record Every South Dakotan can be proud of this state and of the many things we have accomplished together over the past seven years balancing the budget honestly every year securing triple-a status raising teacher pay investing in our roads bridges and railroads But our work is never done Every challenge is an opportunity to improve and we must always seek to leave this state a little better than we found it This is my 22nd legislative session and my final State of the State address as governor Linda and our three children, Laura Sarah and Chris are here and I'm grateful for their support through all these sessions and through all the elections to earn the privilege I Love you I'm I'm grateful to my sister Joyce and her husband George For driving from Minneapolis for this to Linda's sister Mary and her whole family Who've helped me? Budgets and policies and bills and operations are certainly important to me But nothing in comparison to their importance to me Thank you for being here My first legislative session was in 1997 I've enjoyed the six years. I served in the Senate and then eight years as lieutenant governor and starting my eighth year as governor I've met great people Just great people and I feel good about the part. I played we've we've dealt with some tough issues together I Tried to do what I thought was right? You've been great to work with The first day of the state I attended was in 1997 when Bill Janklow was governor I Was out there for the very first time listening to him give this speech you knew bill you know he did not have much respect for showboats or attention seekers He didn't have a lot of patience at all sometimes But I still remember and I looked back and found something he said in the 1997 address he said this The public doesn't care about all these Dramatic moments where people take these great stands that will be forgotten in eight minutes after it's been on the evening news They don't mean anything. They literally don't mean anything I'll tell you what means something Ten years from now when you look back on your tenure, and I look back on mine Did you make a difference is South Dakota truly and in in an important way better than it was when you found it? Because if you're not a contributor you're a destroyer Let's all be contributors Let's be builders Let's start the debate. Let's start the dialogue. Let's start the challenges. Let's fight the good fight Sand when you all go home. Let's be able to look everybody in the eye and tell them that the things that we put in place the Problems that we solve the things that we funded and the policies that we created will be the things that make South Dakota a better place next year than it was today I Look forward to working hard with you Over this session and over this my last year to make South Dakota a better place than it is today. Thank you so much President will entertain a motion to resolve joint session so move all those in favor signify by saying aye those opposed nay Motion carried joint session is dissolved. Thank you And that will conclude, governor Dennis Do guard's State of the State address his final address as the governor of South Dakota? Indicating this was his 22nd legislative session he started in 1997 as a state lawmaker here in the House of Representatives He gave a quote from former governor late governor Bill Janklow that talked about making South Dakota a better place than it is today The governor talked on a lot of things during his speech some humorous some very serious in nature He began the speech talking about workforce in terms of high school graduation rates We are doing very well in South Dakota But in terms of those going on to seek higher education we need to do much better He's encouraging state lawmakers those in the community policy makers to push today's graduating high schoolers to go on and get some type of an education an Apprenticeship is something that he talked about as he went overseas and learned how Some other countries are doing things. It's not just about The plumbers and the electricians it's about giving a trade and a trait to different types of careers Something we may hear and see more about in South Dakota Education he talked about the Blue Ribbon task force and where we are in terms of salary increases overall about an eight percent increase in Salary increases for teachers is what we're seeing some of our rural communities seen a bigger increase for those teachers Transportation maintaining our roads and bridges was something that the governor talked about we cannot kick the can down the road We've heard that one before with this administration We do need to maintain those roads and those bridges if we don't maintain them today We may have to rebuild them in the years to come He also talked about many of the old buildings We have in South Dakota and hopes to Continue to take care of those old buildings some of those buildings are falling down there D lappet 18 And there's an attempt to go in and see what we can do to Take a look at those buildings and see if we need to somehow restructure those the Custer fire we talked about Many of the men and women who helped with the Custer fire, and if it weren't for their quick actions It could have been much much worse Than what we saw so just one of many many things that the governor talked about today during his speech as he Delivered the State of the State address and where we are here in South Dakota We're going to continue as we interview state lawmakers to hear what they thought about What the governor had to say and their hopes for the 2018 legislative session? And I believe we're going to go down to the House floor Where least herb injure is standing by? Thanks, Stephanie. I'm here with state senator and minority leader Billy Sutton Democrat from burg, South Dakota what were your thoughts I was happy to hear a good conversation about the importance of education as part of workforce development and and economic development in the form of apprenticeships and internships I Think that just shows the importance of investments in an education at every level whether that's post-secondary or k12 The one thing we didn't hear anything about that It's been fairly silent over the last several years is early childhood Education and that's a conversation that we need to start having in South Dakota as the importance of that I was also open here a little bit more about Oh Initiatives that we could all I think we always need to work to improve How our government functions and that we're accountable and transparent, there's certainly been some things done but we need to delve deeper into that conversation and then Lastly, I think one thing that got left out last year was campaign finance reform And that's something that the voters passed on the ballot, and I am 22 obviously the legislature repealed it and That's something that we need to we need to fix Those are some bills that you're planning on actually bringing forward this session Could you tell me a little bit more about some of those yeah? So I'm bringing a bill on campaign finance reform exactly the limits that we're in I am 22, so I'll bring in that I'll be bringing a bill that requires state government to keep Records longer especially financial records right now every department does it a little differently We need a better streamlined process for that and I'm also bringing a bill to open up state emails in a in a better fashion the governor also mentioned work requirements for those receiving Medicaid those able bodied folks, I guess What are your thoughts on on that proposal that he mentioned? Yeah? I asked him a little bit about that this morning when we were talking about it I think I need more details on what that's going to entail as far as Procedurally, how do you how do you monitor that and? I think it's always important that we encourage hard work and that you focus on that the the challenge. I think we have is Dropping people off that that do need the help that are trying to work hard and get the serve You know just live their life and get by and So it'll depend on the details what that looks like I think we're also probably getting a little ahead of ourselves There's never been a waiver granted like that in any state, and so we'll see once that comes down the pike, but it's certainly worth discussion and And talking about it senator. Thank you for your time Stephanie back up to you all right Thank You Lee and thank you to Senator Bill ESET And I'm now joined by the Senate Majority Leader senator Blake curd from Sioux Falls First of all there was a lot in that State of the State address your thoughts Well, it's always a terrific opportunity to hear what the governor thinks about the state of South Dakota It's a distinctly different address of course than the budget which we heard in December, so I think that additional perspective is always helpful I heard a lot of heartfelt emotion today Both from the lieutenant governor and the governor you can tell that they both are Already beginning to look back with some nostalgia on their career in public service for our state And I think it's always fascinating to hear the state of the state humanized in a fashion like we heard the day Both by the lieutenant governor and also the governor, but clearly the governor lined out for us that our works not done We're just starting this session state still has some challenges We've got some things We need to address and He's given us a great perspective from the executive branch About what he sees those challenges to be and the things that are going to be important to him as he finishes his term leading the state of South Dakota as the leader in the Senate you'll have a lot of moving parts to do in terms of moving things forward keeping track of Senate Republicans What are you hoping to? Be successful at this session Well some things were required to be Successful at by statute the budget being the biggest one and of course a journey with a balanced budget So that's always a top priority for us as we heard in December. There are some revenue issues We're going to have to address not only Fulfilling the 2018 fiscal year to make sure that that's made whole but also taking a good hard look at the revenue estimates for fiscal 2019 and make sure They're the best of our ability that we don't end up in the same position again next year having to fill a budget hole We're hopeful that the revenues turn around and that we have an excess to talk about when we come back next year But that's always been to be a priority for us There are many different perspectives on every piece of legislation that we get to address There are a hundred and five right answers Every year to what the direction the state should take and our job is to take all those 105 ideas And put them together into a product that we can all vote on and pass through both the Senate in the house Things take lots of different shapes during this session And I'm looking forward to the opportunity to tackle them all all right senator Blake occurred from Sioux Falls Thank you for joining me. Thank you all right and Just some feedback of the Senate Majority Leader again Blake heard from Sioux Falls Lee. We'll throw it down to you Thanks, Stephanie. I'm here with Majority Leader representative Lee qualm from Platt Representative, where were your thoughts on the governor's speech um? I thought he did a very good job He talked about a lot of things that he's done through throughout his his 10 years governor and that's kind of what we expected him to do and and he has every right to talk about those things I Thought he did a good job. I really like the workforce development that he's talking about The being able to move across state lines with with licenses for different Occupations, I think that's really good. I think that's something we've we have talked about that for a long time And I think now fondly there's a push where people will be able to do that and that Will help people moving in I think it will greatly help that so I'm excited about about that stuff What are some legislative priorities for Republicans as we're heading into session? Well, we're just kind of really getting those established deciding what to do obviously you know we need to have a balanced budget And revenues still are not where they need to be they're looking better than what they were But there's a possibility we may have to make some cuts to end it balance in the budget The NAM meandered water thing we want to extend that out to 2021 as you can see it's working 99 percent of the waters are open in The biggest thing to not getting the rest of them done is the landowners are saying hey this might quit in June of 18 So I'm gonna make any decision to do anything so if we can extend that out and just let the G F And P do what they're doing? It's working well And that's definitely a priority to get that one done and then precision AG is another thing a lab in in Brookings I think that's huge for the farmers of South Dakota governor mentioned Work requirements for Medicaid recipients how might that look? Well, that's a good question. I mean, I haven't seen anything. I'm in favor, but I think that's a great idea You know let these people work and and Maybe get something build themself up and get to a better job, and I think it's great Representative. Thank you so much for your time you bet thank you Steph back to you. Thank You Lee I'm now joined by representative Kristen concert from Rapid City Thanks for coming up here first of all your thoughts on what the governor had to say This would be my ninth speech that I have heard and I thought it was very positive and uplifting On a newton while numerous topics we covered about 20 But I did find his address It dealt with a lot of the positives that he had accomplished and we had Accomplished there were also some hiccups in there that that are not going to be addressed on air, but it was a positive note It was a look back at really 22 years in this in the South Dakota Legislature now you were mentioning you sat on some committees this summer Some of those committees may have some stuff that will impact you your area your constituents What can you tell us about that you know we did the summer study on? County funding because it's a lot of things that come out of the house here that we put on the counties are Not funded, and so we're working really hard to find ways not to raise taxes But to reallocate funding to give assistance to counties townships cities That's what we're looking for when you have a year when you already have a shortfall And you know that some of the revenue is lower than projected does that make it easier or more difficult? For for you for the legislature in general to look at policies to look at new programs You know it having gone through 2010 when we really had to Make a lot of cuts It wasn't surprising to me that we were at this place again with revenue being such a fluctuating source obviously it was inevitable to have again I Do I think it will make it harder? I think our track record is shown that we will get the job done, but at what cost into what programs Will it affect that's the bigger question? Thank you for coming up here and sharing your feedback with us We look forward to hearing you on the floor of the House of Representatives good luck this session. Thanks All right That is representative Kristin cons it from Rapid City Lee I understand you are standing by with another interview go ahead I am I'm here with state representative Larry rodent What were your thoughts on the governor's speech well you know for his last speech? I thought it was I thought he did a great job of articulating Where we've been where we're headed you know some of the things that we've done. Well. You know kind of framing You know the things that Have been very positive and and his eight years 10 year, and so I thought he was very self-effacing and and gave credit where credit's due and and Yet Recognized that there are areas that we still need to work on some problem areas in the state that that we need to do better In what are those? Areas as you see it. Well. I think you know some of the issues that are looming large at the meth addiction We've talked a lot about the opioid Prescriptions, and how that's got to be a problematic in South Dakota, but at the same time if we as we look back We've addressed some of the critical areas whether prison overpopulation you know I think we have to be careful and measured in a response to Some of the current issues that we don't throw the good out with You know trying to make tweaks to make our system better to deal with those issues Those are something to with with Attorney General Marty Jackley wanting to increase some of those Methamphetamine penalties is that we're talking about with Well certainly that'll be part of the conversation because we're going to debt You know those those bills will be held under a microscope and that's part part of what you know I think we do right in South Dakota is our legislative process and our citizen legislators because we will pour over those shoes and I think he's got something like seven bills and and I'm certain that there will be some good ideas contained in that and we need to be able to sift through that and make sure that we We're not like I said throwing out the good In order to just implement change for change sake I knew you were evolved a lot in the non meandering waters Issue the governor said he wants to extend those rules that were crafted over the summer to 2021 is that what you're thinking as well yes in fact that was the bill that we brought to the legislature from that special committee was the sunset in 2021 and That's what he's proposing We go back to I think this was a good exercise Even though we didn't want to amend it to 2018 during special session the proponents But what it did was give us a trial period where secretary Hepler has worked very diligently in? the last few months to implement that program, and I think it was a classic demonstration of Good government. I thought we had a very eloquent solution to a very dramatic problem. That's been plaguing us for a number of years Something like two decades now and so I'm hopeful that That we do just what the governor asked put it back to the 2021 sunset If the opponents if their fears somehow come to fruition, which they haven't at this point over 99% of the waters have remained open, but if something changes as they fear Then give it a chance to serve to to demonstrate that can work or at least Identify what the problem areas are so I think it's a win-win For where we're at right now to extend it to 2021 and and will redress it then thank you sir Thank you for your time Stephanie back up to you Thank You Lee I'm now joined by representative Julie bartlein from Gregory you have been here many years 16 years as you look back at your time. What are you hoping to accomplish this session? Well, you know there's every session is a little different this one. I know the budgetary restraints are there But there are still some really key things that we need to focus on as legislators and the executive branch as well So I hope that we can come together Queen the two Branches of government to find the funding that we need to not only support education but to support our Medicaid providers, and then just to continue to Enhance our juvenile and our adult Corrections reforms that we have just recently passed Those are all very difficult things to do and you need money to do them of course but I think When you tackle all all of those areas You just make a stronger south dakota's I hope that's a goal that we can achieve over this session One of the things that the governor talked about he referenced a speech from governor Janklow that really talked about The big dramatic speeches that we sometimes hear we are at the beginning of an election season here with a handful of Lawmakers running for different higher offices is that ever a concern those dramatic? Speeches that take place in the grandstanding on the floor Well it you know it can be such that it might take over the essence of what we're here for And so you know they're there they're important to listen to because you kind of get a perspective as to what's ahead of us coming But I think we just need to to focus on what our job is here And who we are working for which are the people of the state of South Dakota We're here to take care of them to serve their needs to provide public protection for them to provide quality education from k12 through the higher Education and so even though we're going to hear those speeches because there they are a part of that process I think we just need to be very realistic as to where Where we're at right now in this state and in this country and what we need to look forward to and to achieve for everyone Over the last few years. We've heard a lot more about ethics and transparency and government Do you anticipate we will continue to hear that debate? You know I think we'll continue to hear that the legislature I'm pleased to say is going to take a hold of that and have some ethics training For legislators that are here now and in the future, and you know it's it's a snowball effect that is coming down from higher up be it whether it's an entertainment world or in the Congress, so it is snowballing here as well And it's out in the workplace, so I think we as the legislature can take the lead and make Sure that those ethics and that reform starts right here And that it goes from the top down so I think well we'll deal with it And we'll address it and I hope that we all come out on the other side much better. All right very good well Good luck to you this session We've got representative Julie Bartling from Gregory. Thank you Thank you, all right, and that is the assistant minority leader here in the House of Representatives sharing some input Lee your turn Thank You Stephanie, I'm here with state senator, Troy Heiner he's a Democrat Senator what are your thoughts? Well, you know? I thought it was kind of a had been a bittersweet moment for the governor You know giving his final State of the State address you could see the the passion that he felt for his family and and all The things that they'd went through you know what to get to this point You know I didn't hear a whole lot of a lot of policy talk I was kind of hoping for some some more of that But you know there were some things that That he said that I agreed with and there were some things that you know. I think still need some work What were some of those things that stuck out to you from his speech? I think the the dual credit and that that work force You know talked said that he was giving I've been promoting that for a long time you know some other states have had those programs in existence for 30 years and I think we need to look at that. That's a great option for our kids especially kids on reservations What are what are Democrats hoping to I guess bring forth this session hoping to accomplish? well You know I think as a party we always try to stand up for for people first and as this session goes along with it being a Governor's race. You know I think we're gonna see some things that that we're going to have to take stance on and and hopefully We get that word out to the public You know each individual legislator is I'm sure gonna bring some bills I've got I've got a few bills that I'm working on already, so what are some of them I want to do obviously so increasing some access on reservations of you know for for tribal members access to different programs When we talked about the Medicaid? Excited this state you know and and he was talking about work requirements and things like that You know we don't have jobs down there. So we need a big investment in Economic development on our reservation, so I'll be looking at things like that A little bit more about that Medicaid you know work requirement policy how would that look? in your district And how do you think it would look in the state overall you know I? It would it be really difficult to implement in my district. You know we have families that live you know way out in communities were you know there's not even a gas station or a grocery store and you know to To require them to to work is gonna require travel and childcare And you know I'm all for you know helping people find jobs I I like what he talked about where we're gonna provide that support when they first enter a job you know right now They get a job well then they're cut off all services And you know that's just not feasible either we we got to provide that that ongoing support You know so that so they don't lose some some service senator. Thank you so much for your time Stephanie back to you all right. Thank you and of course Thanks to Senator Troy Hein art from Mission this concludes our live coverage of the 2018 State of the State address Sdpb will continue to remain in peer through the run of the 2018 legislative session to stay on top of all of the legislative news action everything that happens you can log on at s WWSD net there you can watch live audio and Television streaming of the House and Senate you can also tune in every day to television starting at 2:00 p.m. as we bring you live coverage of the House of Representatives and Everything we do is archived at SD net on behalf of all of us with South Dakota Public Broadcasting We thank you for tuning in Statehouse program funding provided by the South Dakota Bar Foundation the educational and charitable arm of South Dakota lawyers and judges Programming is made possible with your annual membership in the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting additional funding provided by Today we're moving the Prairie forward for the farmers and manufacturers You are our member owners together. 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List of governors


  Democratic (19)   People's Independent (1)   Republican (16)

# Governor Term start Term end Party Terms
[note 1]
Arthur I. Boreman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Arthur I. Boreman June 20, 1863 February 26, 1869 Republican 2 12
[note 2]
Daniel D.T. Farnsworth.png
Daniel D. T. Farnsworth February 26, 1869 March 4, 1869 Republican 12
[note 3]
William E. Stevenson March 4, 1869 March 4, 1871 Republican 2
Governor J. J. Jacob.jpg
John J. Jacob March 4, 1871 March 4, 1877 Democratic 2
[note 4]
[note 5]
Henry M. Mathews - Brady-Handy.jpg
Henry M. Mathews March 4, 1877 March 4, 1881 Democratic 1
Jacob Beeson Jackson.gif
Jacob B. Jackson March 4, 1881 March 4, 1885 Democratic 1
Emanuel Willis Wilson March 4, 1885 February 6, 1890 Democratic 1
[note 6]
Aretas B. Fleming[19] February 6, 1890 March 4, 1893 Democratic 1
William A. MacCorkle March 4, 1893 March 4, 1897 Democratic 1
George W. Atkinson.gif
George W. Atkinson March 4, 1897 March 4, 1901 Republican 1
Albert Blakeslee White wmm.jpg
Albert B. White March 4, 1901 March 4, 1905 Republican 1
William Dawson.gif
William M. O. Dawson March 4, 1905 March 4, 1909 Republican 1
William E. Glasscock March 4, 1909 March 14, 1913 Republican 1
Henry Hatfield.jpg
Henry D. Hatfield March 14, 1913 March 5, 1917 Republican 1
John J. Cornwell.jpg
John J. Cornwell March 5, 1917 March 4, 1921 Democratic 1
Ephraim F. Morgan.jpg
Ephraim F. Morgan March 4, 1921 March 4, 1925 Republican 1
Howard Mason Gore.jpg
Howard M. Gore March 4, 1925 March 4, 1929 Republican 1
William G. Conley March 4, 1929 March 4, 1933 Republican 1
H. Guy Kump (West Virginia Governor).jpg
H. Guy Kump March 4, 1933 January 18, 1937 Democratic 1
Homer A. Holt.jpg
Homer A. Holt January 18, 1937 January 13, 1941 Democratic 1
Matthew M. Neely January 13, 1941 January 15, 1945 Democratic 1
Clarence W. Meadows.jpg
Clarence W. Meadows January 15, 1945 January 17, 1949 Democratic 1
Okey Patteson.jpg
Okey L. Patteson January 17, 1949 January 19, 1953 Democratic 1
William C. Marland.jpg
William C. Marland January 19, 1953 January 14, 1957 Democratic 1
Cecil H. Underwood.jpg
Cecil H. Underwood January 14, 1957 January 16, 1961 Republican 1
William Wallace Barron.jpg
William Wallace Barron January 16, 1961 January 18, 1965 Democratic 1
Hulett C. Smith.jpg
Hulett C. Smith January 18, 1965 January 13, 1969 Democratic 1
Arch A. Moore, Jr..jpg
Arch A. Moore Jr. January 13, 1969 January 17, 1977 Republican 2
Jay Rockefeller giving a speech aboard the USS Stump, July 2, 1984.JPEG
Jay Rockefeller January 17, 1977 January 14, 1985 Democratic 2
Arch A. Moore, Jr..jpg
Arch A. Moore Jr. January 14, 1985 January 16, 1989 Republican 1
Gaston Caperton 1996.jpg
Gaston Caperton January 16, 1989 January 13, 1997 Democratic 2
Cecil Underwood 1998 (cropped).jpg
Cecil H. Underwood January 13, 1997 January 15, 2001 Republican 1
Bob Wise.jpg
Bob Wise January 15, 2001 January 17, 2005 Democratic 1
Joe Manchin, Official Senate Portrait.jpg
Joe Manchin January 17, 2005 November 15, 2010 Democratic 1 12
[note 7]
Earl Ray Tomblin 2 (cropped).jpg
Earl Ray Tomblin November 15, 2010 November 13, 2011[20] Democratic 1 12
[note 8]
November 13, 2011 January 16, 2017
Jim Justice 2017 InaugurationHighlights PB-63 (32366955776) (cropped).jpg
Jim Justice January 16, 2017 Incumbent Democratic 1
[note 9]
Republican[note 10]


Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional offices held by governors. All representatives and senators listed represented West Virginia. No governor of West Virginia has held any other federal office.

Denotes those offices that the governor resigned to take.
† Denotes those offices that the governor resigned to be governor.
Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. House U.S. Senate Source
Arthur I. Boreman 1863–1869 S* [14]
George W. Atkinson 1897–1901 H [22]
Henry D. Hatfield 1913–1917 S [23]
Matthew M. Neely 1941–1945 H S† [24]
Arch A. Moore, Jr. 1969–1977
H [25]
Jay Rockefeller 1977–1985 S [26]
Bob Wise 2001–2005 H [27]
Joe Manchin 2005–2010 S* [28]

Living former governors of West Virginia

As of January 2017, there are five former governors of West Virginia who are currently living at this time, the oldest of whom is Jay Rockefeller (served 1977–1985, born 1937). The most recent governor to die was Arch A. Moore, Jr. (served 1969–1977 and 1985–1989, born 1923), who died on January 7, 2015. The most recently serving governor to die was Cecil H. Underwood (served 1957–1961 and 1997–2001, born 1922), who died on November 24, 2008.[29]

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Jay Rockefeller 1977–1985 (1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 82)
Gaston Caperton 1989–1997 (1940-02-21) February 21, 1940 (age 79)
Bob Wise 2001–2005 (1948-01-06) January 6, 1948 (age 71)
Joe Manchin 2005–2010 (1947-08-24) August 24, 1947 (age 72)
Earl Ray Tomblin 2010–2011(acting),
(1952-03-15) March 15, 1952 (age 67)


  1. ^ The fractional terms of some governors are not to be understood literally; rather, they are meant to show single terms during which multiple governors served, due to resignations, deaths and the like.
  2. ^ Resigned to run for the United States Senate, winning election.[14][15]
  3. ^ As president of the state senate, filled unexpired term.[16]
  4. ^ Jacob's second term was under the 1872 constitution, which increased term lengths from two to four years.
  5. ^ Jacob was elected as a Democrat for his first term, and as an independent for his second.
  6. ^ Did not run for re-election in 1888, but due to the election being disputed, remained in office until the investigation was completed.[17][18]
  7. ^ Resigned to take an elected seat in the U.S. Senate.
  8. ^ As president of the state senate, acted as governor from November 15, 2010 until November 13, 2011 when he was inaugurated as governor after the special election held on October 4, 2011.[12][21] Tomblin was term limited.
  9. ^ Justice's first term expires on January 18, 2021.
  10. ^ Justice was elected as a member of the West Virginia Democratic Party in the West Virginia gubernatorial election, 2016. He switched to the Republican Party six months into his term, on August 4, 2017.[8]


  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b WV Constitution article VII, § 5.
  3. ^ WV Constitution article VII, § 12.
  4. ^ WV Constitution article VII, § 14.
  5. ^ WV Constitution article VI, § 18–19.
  6. ^ WV Constitution article VII, § 11.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 17, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b "West Virginia Governor to Switch from Democrat to Republican". New York Times. August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  9. ^ a b WV Constitution article VII, § 1.
  10. ^ WV 1863 Constitution article V, § 1.
  11. ^ a b WV Constitution, Article VII, section 4.
  12. ^ a b WV Constitution article VII, § 16.
  13. ^ a b "H.B. 4781 (Enrolled March 11, 2009)". West Virginia Legislature, 2000 Sessions. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  14. ^ a b "Boreman, Arthur Ingram". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  15. ^ "Arthur Ingram Boreman". Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  16. ^ "West Virginia Governor Daniel Duane Tompkins Farnsworth". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on January 9, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  17. ^ "West Virginia Governor Emanuel Willis Wilson". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  18. ^ "Emanuel Willis Wilson". Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  19. ^ "Aretas Brooks Fleming". Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  20. ^ Acting from November 15, 2010 to November 13, 2011
  21. ^ "Tomblin succeeds Manchin as West Virginia governor". Washington Post. November 15, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  22. ^ "Atkinson, George Wesley". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  23. ^ "Hatfield, Henry Drury – Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  24. ^ "Neely, Matthew Mansfield". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  25. ^ "Moore, Arch Alfred, Jr". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  26. ^ "Rockefeller, John Davison IV (Jay)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  27. ^ "Wise, Robert Ellsworth, Jr". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Clerk of the United States House of Representatives and Historian of the United States Senate. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  28. ^ "Dems keep key Senate seat with Manchin win in WV". Houston Chronicle. November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  29. ^ "Former Gov. Cecil Underwood has died at 86". Charleston Daily Mail. November 24, 2008. Archived from the original on April 7, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2009.

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