Tony Venhuizen

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Tonnis Venhuizen
Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota
In office
2014 – present
GovernorDennis Daugaard
Preceded byDusty Johnson
Personal details
Born (1983-09-30) September 30, 1983 (age 38)
Political partyRepublican
ResidencePierre, South Dakota, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota School of Law (JD)
South Dakota State University (BA)
ProfessionPublic servant

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.[1] Venhuizen gained notoriety after his management of Dennis Daugaard's successful 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Daugaard Administration[edit]

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". State of South Dakota.</ref>

Personal life[edit]

He is the son-in-law to Governor Dennis Daugaard.

See also[edit]

  • Governor of South Dakota

External links[edit]

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  2. "Harry S. Truman Foundation".


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