|Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota|
2014 – present
|Preceded by||Dusty Johnson|
|Born||September 30, 1983|
|Residence||Pierre, South Dakota, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of South Dakota School of Law (JD)|
South Dakota State University (BA)
Tony Venhuizen (born September 30, 1983) is chief of staff for Governor Dennis Daugaard. He served on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 2003-2008. Venhuizen gained notoriety after his management of Dennis Daugaard's successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Early life and education
Venhuizen gradauted with a B.A. from the Department of Political Science at South Dakota State University in 2005. While at SDSU, Venhuizen was named a Truman Scholar. He was appointed by then-Governor Mike Rounds.
From 2003 to 2008, he was a member of the South Dakota Board of Regents. After law school, Venhuizen served as a Judicial law clerk in the First Judicial Circuit Court of South Dakota.Venhuizen went on to earn a his J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2008.
In 2010, he managed then-Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard's successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign. After the campaign, Venhuizen became Governor Daugaard's director of policy and communications. Venhuizen was appointed chief of staff in November 2014 after the former chief of staff and fellow Truman Scholar, Dusty Johnson resigned.<re name=sdf>State of South Dakota. "Cabinet Staff & Biographies". sd.gov. State of South Dakota.</ref>
He is the son-in-law to Governor Dennis Daugaard.
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