|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
|January 8, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Dennis Daugaard (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives|
|2003 - 2005|
|Place of birth||Pierre, SD|
|Profession||Attorney and judge|
Michels was born in Pierre and raised in Vermillion. He graduated from Vermillion High School and went on to earn a nursing degree, BS 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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Dennis Daugaard (R)
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
2011 - present
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