Dusty Johnson

Dusty Johnson believes that America’s best days are ahead of us. Responsive, conservative, open, limited, and constitutional government can help unlock strength and economic opportunities for South Dakota and for America.

Dusty has the values, experience, and energy to be an effective voice for our state (see below). He and his wife Jacquelyn live in Mitchell with their three sons (Max, Ben, and Owen).

Private Sector Experience

  • Vice President of Mitchell-based Vantage Point Solutions, working with hundreds of rural telecommunication providers across 40 states
  • In that role, overseeing substantial increases in new clients and revenue

Service to Our State

  • As Public Utilities Commissioner worked with colleagues to create a reasonable regulatory environment attracting investment into cell towers, broadband, pipelines, power plants, and transmission lines
  • As Gubernatorial Chief of Staff provided leadership on successful efforts to eliminate $127 million budget deficit and thousands of regulations

Electoral Success

  • Defeated an 18-year incumbent to win PUC seat (2004)
  • Won re-election with 73% of the vote (2010)

Service to Others

  • Sunday School Teacher (First Lutheran Church)
  • Member, South Dakota Right to Life
  • Chairman of the Board, Abbott House (home for abused and neglected girls)

Party Involvement

  • State Advisor to the South Dakota Teen Age Republicans (2004-present)
  • Precinct Committeeman (2004-present)
  • Chairman, State Republican Platform Committee (2016)