|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
|January 8, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Dennis Daugaard (R)|
|Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives|
|2003 - 2005|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|South Dakota House of Representatives|
|1999 - 2006|
|Bachelor's||University of South Dakota (1982)|
|J.D.||University of South Dakota (1985)|
|Place of birth||Pierre, SD|
|Profession||Attorney and judge|
After taking office, Michels began serving full-time as lieutenant governor, a position that is traditionally part-time. As such, Michels became only the second full-time lieutenant governor in the state's history. However, in April 2012 he announced he would reduce his role to part-time due to back pain and wanting to spend more time with his family.
Michels is eligible for re-election on November 4, 2014. He has yet to make his intentions in the race known.
Michels previously served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1999-2006. He was Speaker of the House from 2003-2006, making him the first legislator to serve two terms as Speaker since the 1950s.
Michels was born in Pierre and raised in Vermillion. He graduated from Vermillion High School and went on to earn a nursing degree, B.S. in health services administration and a law degree from the University of South Dakota.
After law school, Michels was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corp. He served for four years before returning to South Dakota with his wife. He began working in a law practice with Don Bierle focusing on health care and hospital law. He later became a partner with the law firm Michels & Associates, Prof. LLC and served as general counsel for Avera Health.
- Nursing degree (1980)
- BS, Health services administration, University of South Dakota (1982)
- JD, University of South Dakota (1985)
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota (2011-Present)
Micels was elected Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota in 2010.
South Dakota House of Representatives (1999-2006)
Michels represented District 18 in the South Dakota House of Representatives for eight years. He served for two years as Speaker Pro Tempore and for four years as Speaker of the House.
Michels is eligible to run for re-election as South Dakota Lieutenant Governor in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2010|
|Republican||Dennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels||61.5%||195,024|
|Democratic||Scott Heidepriem/Ben Arndt||38.5%||122,010|
Comprehensive donor information for Michels is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Michels raised a total of $169,880 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.
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|Matthew Michels's Campaign Contributions|
Lt. Governor of South Dakota
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$8,949|
|Top 5 contributors||Daugaard for South Dakota||$10,000|
|Travis & Amy Lantis||$5,124|
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- Campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2004, 2002, 2000
- Rapid City Journal, "Does South Dakota need a full-time lieutenant governor?," January 10, 2011
- Argus Leader, "Matt Michels reduces role as lieutenant governor," April 18, 2012
- Office of the South Dakota Governor, "Matt Michels biography," accessed March 30, 2012
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Matthew Michels," accessed May 10, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Dennis Daugaard (R)
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
2011 - present
| Succeeded by|
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