Chris Nelson

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Chris Nelson
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South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2011 - Present
Term ends
2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$94,132
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2102
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$271,653
AppointedJanuary 2011
Appointed byGov. Dennis Daugaard
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Dakota Secretary of State
2002 - 2011
Education
High schoolWhite Lake High School
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University (1987)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 18, 1964
Place of birthMitchell, South Dakota
ProfessionFarmer/Rancher
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Nelson (born August 18, 1964 in Mitchell, South Dakota) is the current vice chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and a former Republican South Dakota Secretary of State. He was first appointed to the position on January 8, 2011 by Governor Dennis Daugaard to fill a vacancy on the commission. He won election to the remaining 4 years of the position's 6-year term in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Biography

Prior to his appointment to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in 2011, Nelson served as Secretary of State from 2002 to 2010. Before that, Nelson was state election supervisor in the Secretary of State's office for 13 years and uniform commercial code supervisor in the same office for two years.[2]

Nelson has also served in the following roles:

Education

  • White Lake High School
  • B.S., Animal science, South Dakota State University (1978)

Political career

Public Service Commission (2011-Present)

Nelson was appointed to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Dennis Daugaard on January 8, 2011 to fill a vacancy left when Dusty Johnson left the commission to become Daugaard's chief of staff.[3] He was named chairman of the commission in January 2012.[4]

Secretary of State (2002-2010)

Nelson is a former Republican South Dakota Secretary of State, first elected to the statewide position in 2002 and subsequently re-elected to the office in 2006. He had announced in October 2009 that he would be challenging State Representatives Kristi Lynn Noem and Blake Curd for the Republican nomination in the race for the 2010 United States House of Representatives seat.[5] He failed to receive the party nomination after placing second in the primary contest, garnering nearly thirty-five percent of the vote. Prior to being elected to the office of Secretary of State in 2002, Chris Nelson held the position of Uniform Commercial Code Supervisor for two years beginning in 1987 and State Election Supervisor from 1989-2002. Both roles fell under the supervision of the South Dakota Secretary of State.

Elections

2012

See also: South Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Nelson announced on February 17 that he would seek election to the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in 2012. While terms on the commission are for six years, Nelson was appointed in January 2011 and state election law requires election be held for the remaining four years of the term.[6] He was officially nominated at the state Republican convention in June.[7]

Nelson defeated one challenger, Democrat Nick Nemec, in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Seat 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Nelson Incumbent 67% 226,508
     Democratic Nick Nemec 33% 111,405
Total Votes 337,913
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.


2010

2010 Race for United States House of Representatives - Republican Primary[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Kristi Lynn Noem 56.2%
     Republican Party Chris Nelson 34.6%
     Republican Party Richard Blake Curd 23.3%
Total Votes 82,041

2006

  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary and General Election
  • Chris Nelson ran unopposed in both contests, the first time this has occurred in the state's history.[9]
South Dakota Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Nelson Incumbent 100% 217,518
Total Votes 217,518
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State

2002

  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
  • Chris Nelson ran unopposed in this contest

On November 5, 2002, Chris Nelson won election to the office of South Dakota Secretary of State. He defeated Kate Looby (D) and Alex Martin (L) in the general election.

South Dakota Secretary of State, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Nelson 56.2% 181,571
     Democratic Kate Looby 41.4% 133,886
     Libertarian Alex Martin 2.4% 7,878
Total Votes 323,335
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $271,653 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.[10]

Chris Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 SD Public Utilities Commissioner Won $45,899
2008 SD Secretary of State Not up for election $31,703
2006 SD Secretary of State Won $33,193
2004 SD Secretary of State Not up for election $15,595
2002 SD Secretary of State Won $145,263
Grand Total Raised $271,653

2012

Nelson won re-election to the position of South Dakota Public Utility Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $45,899.

2002-2006

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Chris Nelson's donors each year.[11] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Chris Nelson currently resides with his wife, Penny, and his daughter, Rebekah, in Pierre, South Dakota. He also maintains a part-time cattle operation.

Awards

  • Excellence in South Dakota Municipal Government Award (2003)
  • Hazeltine and Taylor Award (2004)
  • Election Center’s Professional Practices Program State Award (2009)

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Political offices
Preceded by
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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Joyce Hazeltine
South Dakota Secretary of State
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Jason Gant (R)