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Matthew Michels
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Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 8, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorDennis Daugaard (R)
Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives
2003 - 2005
Base salary$63,654
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$169,880
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives
1999 - 2006
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota (1982)
J.D.University of South Dakota (1985)
Place of birthPierre, SD
ProfessionAttorney and judge
Office website
Matthew Michels (b. 1960 in Pierre, South Dakota) is the 38th and current Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota. A Republican, he was elected in November 2010 on a ticket with Dennis Daugaard.

After taking office, Michels began serving full-time as lieutenant governor, a position that is traditionally part-time.[1] 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.[2]

Michels ran for re-election on November 4, 2014. Matthew Michels won the general election on November 4, 2014.

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.[3]


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.[3]

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)
  • B.S., Health services administration, University of South Dakota (1982)
  • J.D., University of South Dakota (1985)

Political career

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.



See also: South Dakota Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Michels ran for re-election as South Dakota Lieutenant Governor in 2014.


General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels Incumbent 70.5% 195,477
     Democratic Susan Wismer/Susan Blake 25.4% 70,549
     Indpendent Mike Myers/Lora Hubbel 4.1% 11,377
Total Votes 277,403
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.


See also: South Dakota lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Sharing a ticket with Dennis Daugaard, Michels defeated Ben Arndt (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels 61.5% 195,024
     Democratic Scott Heidepriem/Ben Arndt 38.5% 122,010
Total Votes 317,034

Campaign donors

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.[4]

Matthew Michels's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 SD Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $0
2010 SD Lieutenant Governor Won $136,575
2004 SD House of Representatives Won $5,261
2002 SD House of Representatives Won $15,805
2000 SD House of Representatives Won $12,239
Grand Total Raised $169,880


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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Daugaard (R)
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
2011 - present
Succeeded by