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Gov. Daugaard Appoints Wayne Steinhauer To District 9 House Seat

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

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Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Gov. Daugaard Appoints

Wayne Steinhauer To District 9 House Seat


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Wayne H. Steinhauer of Hartford to the vacant seat in the state House representing District 9. Steinhauer will succeed Rep. Steve Hickey, who resigned earlier this year.


“I thank Wayne Steinhauer for taking on this role,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Wayne’s experience in business and in local government will make him a valuable contributor to the legislative process.”


Steinhauer is the outgoing chairman of the Minnehaha County Planning Commission, on which he has served for 14 years. He retired last year as chief operations officer of Amesbury, after a 30 year career in business. He also owns and operates the Best Western Hotel in Murdo.


“I am extremely honored to be appointed to the South Dakota House of Representatives,” said Steinhauer. “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent District 9 and to work in Pierre with other South Dakota leaders for the benefit of all.”


Steinhauer has been active in many community organizations, including Rotary International, Downtown Sioux Falls, Sioux Empire United Way and Sioux Falls Tomorrow. He is also a member of the Murdo Chamber of Commerce.


Steinhauer and his wife of 40 years, Cindy, have two children and nine grandchildren. They are members of St. George Church in Hartford.


The appointment is effective immediately.  Steinhauer will serve the remainder of Rep. Hickey’s term, which expires after the 2016 general election. District 9 includes northwestern Minnehaha County, including the Hartford, Humboldt, Crooks and the Wall Lake area. The district also includes an area in north and northwestern Sioux Falls, encompassing Southeast Technical Institute, Hayward Elementary School and the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. 




* A photo of Wayne Steinhauer is attached.