Lucas Lentsch

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Lucas Lentsch
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South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
In office
May 2013 - Present
Years in position 4
PredecessorWalt Bones
Base salary$90,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedApril 2013
Appointed byGov. Dennis Daugaard (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University
Military service
Service/branchSouth Dakota National Guard
CitationsBronze Star
Office website
Personal website
Lucas Lentsch is the current South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture. He has served in this position since May 2013. [1]


Lentsch currently serves on the South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Board of Directors and has been a financial advisor for farm and ranch families with Reinke Gray Wealth Management since 2012. Before that he served as director of agricultural development for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture for two years. He also served for two years as executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party.[2]

Lentsch is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. [3]


  • Bachelors Degree, Dairy Manufacturing, South Dakota State University
  • Graduate, South Dakota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Inc.

Political career

South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture (2013-present)

Lentsch has served as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture since May 2013. [4]



Lentsch was appointed as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture in April 2013 by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “Lucas Lentsch will be a great Secretary of Agriculture. He is well-known across the state and well-respected in the ag community. Lucas will be an effective advocate for South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers,” Daugaard stated.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walt Bones
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
May 2013–present
Succeeded by