Matthew Michels

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Matthew Michels
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Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 8, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorDennis Daugaard (R)
Base salary$120,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$169,880
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives
2003 - 2005
Place of birthPierre, SD
ProfessionAttorney and judge
Office website
Matthew Michels, (b. 1960 in Pierre, South Dakota) is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota. He was first elected in 2010 on on a ticket with Dennis Daugaard.


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.[1]

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)

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 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.


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.[2]

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