Vernon L. Larson

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Vernon L. Larson
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South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands
Current officeholder
In office
August 15, 2013-present
Term ends
January 2015
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJarrod Johnson (R)
Compensation
Base salary83,135
Elections and appointments
AppointedMay 20, 2013
Appointed byGov. Dennis Daugaard
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Dakota Treasurer
2003-2011
South Dakota State Auditor
1979-2003
Education
Bachelor'sNorthern State University (1970)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 25, 1948
Place of birthVivian, South Dakota
Websites
Office website
Vernon L. "Vern" Laron (b. October 25, 1948, Vivian, South Dakota) is the Republican South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands. He assumed the office on August 15, 2013, when previous commissioner Jarrod Johnson's resignation took effect. It was announced at the time of his appointment that he would not seek election to the position in the 2014 election.[1] With this appoint, Larson became the first person in South Dakota history to serve in three different state constitutional offices.[2]

Biography

Larson is the longest serving constitutional officer in the history of South Dakota. He served as state auditor from 1979 to 2003. In the 1998 election he was unopposed, receiving 100 percent of the vote. It was the first time in the state's history a statewide constitutional officer had no opponent. From 2003 to 2011 he was the state treasurer, and was unopposed in his 2006 re-election bid. Larson was named a Toll Fellow/Outstanding Emerging Leader by the Council of State Government in 1993.[3]

Education

  • B.A. Northern State University[4]

Political career

South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands (2013-Present)

Larson was appointed South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jarrod Johnson. Johnson's resignation and Larson's appointment both took effect on August 15, 2013.[1]

South Dakota Treasurer (2003-2011)

Larson served two consecutive terms as South Dakota Treasurer. He was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.[1][5]

South Dakota State Auditor (1978-2003)

Larson served six terms as South Dakota State Auditor beginning in 1978.[1]

Elections/Appointments

2014

See also: South Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

At the same time Larson was appointed to South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands, it was announced that he would not seek an elected term in the 2014 election.[1] He stated his decision not to run was based on the fact that others were already expressing interest in the seat for 2014, saying, "There are already people that were expressing interest in the job [...] I don’t think it’s my place to run for the job in (a situation) like that.”[2]

2013

Larson was appointed South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jarrod Johnson. Johnson's resignation and Larson's appointment both took effect on August 15, 2013.[1]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Vernon L. Larson won re-election to the office of South Dakota Treasurer. He ran unopposed in the general election.

South Dakota Treasurer, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVernon L. Larson Incumbent 100% 200,909
Total Votes 200,909
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State

2002

See also: South Dakota Constitution Article IV, Section 7

Due to a constitutional amendment that took effect with the general election in 1992, Larson was term limited from seeking the office of auditor in 2002. Instead he ran for South Dakota Treasurer in 2002 and won the election.[5]

On November 5, 2002, Vernon L. Larson won election to the office of South Dakota Treasurer. He defeated Scott McGregor (D) in the general election.

South Dakota Treasurer, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVernon L. Larson 58.2% 181,126
     Democratic Scott McGregor 41.8% 130,099
Total Votes 311,225
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State

1998

Larson was re-elected South Dakota State Auditor for a sixth consecutive term in 1998.[1]

1994

See also: South Dakota Constitution Article IV, Section 7

Larson was re-elected South Dakota State Auditor for a fifth consecutive term in 1994.[1] Due to a constitutional amendment, the office of auditor became term limited to two consecutive terms. The law only applied from the 1992 general election forward, so Larson was able to seek the office in 1994, and again in 1998.

1990

Larson was re-elected South Dakota State Auditor for a four consecutive term in 1990.[1]

1986

Larson was re-elected South Dakota State Auditor for a third consecutive term in 1986.[1]

1982

Larson was re-elected South Dakota State Auditor for a second consecutive term in 1982.[1]

1978

Larson was first elected South Dakota State Auditor in 1978.[1]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Larson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Larson raised a total of $137,896 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[5]

Vernon L. Larson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 South Dakota Treasurer Not up for election $19,157
2006 South Dakota Treasurer Won $30,690
2004 South Dakota Treasurer Not up for election $7,363
2002 South Dakota Treasurer Won $80,686
Grand Total Raised $137,896

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jarrod Johnson (R)
South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands
2013–present
Succeeded by
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