Governor Dennis Daugaard announced yesterday that he is appointing Madison High School graduate and former Sioux Falls police chief Doug Barthel to fill the District 10 House seat vacated by Don Haggar, who has gone on to make more money promoting corporate fascism on the Koch Brothers’ dime.
By my count from the state’s historical listing of statehood legislators, Barthel is the 89th person appointed to a Legislative vacancy since statehood and the 14th appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Barring other changes, Barthel will be one of nine Daugaard appointees sitting in the 2018 Legislative Session. A tenth beneficiary of luck and gubernatorial largesse, Rep. Kristin Conzet, was originally appointed by Governor M. Michael Rounds in 2009.
|Name||District||appointed to||date||replacing||appointed by||still serving|
|David L. Anderson||16||House||May 13, 2013||Patty Miller||Daugaard||yes|
|Kristin Conzet||32||House||December 1, 2009||Brian Dreyer||Rounds||yes|
|R. Blake Curd||12||Senate||June 5, 2013||Mark Johnston||Daugaard||yes|
|Scott Fiegen||25||House||May 6, 2015||Tim Rave||Daugaard||no|
|Chuck Jones||8||Senate||December 17, 2013||Russ Olson||Daugaard||no|
|Kent Juhnke||21||Senate||November 17, 2011||Cooper Garnos||Daugaard||no|
|Kris Langer||25||House||August 15, 2013||Jon Hansen||Daugaard||yes (Senate)|
|David Lust||34||House||November 18, 2016||Dan Dryden||Daugaard||yes|
|Dave Scott||21||House||November 17, 2011||Kent Juhnke||Daugaard||no|
|William Shorma||16||Senate||April 30, 2015||Dan Lederman||Daugaard||no|
|Alan Solano||32||Senate||January 13, 2014||Stan Adelstein||Daugaard||yes|
|Wayne Steinhauer||9||House||November 19, 2015||Steve Hickey||Daugaard||yes|
|Marli Wiese||8||House||January 31, 2017||Mathew Wollmann||Daugaard||yes|
|Mark Willadsen||11||House||June 16, 2014||Christine Erickson||Daugaard||yes|
|Doug Barthel||10||House||September 2, 2017||Don Haggar||Daugaard||yes|
Daugaard now has the second most legislative appointments under his belt, behind only Bill Janklow, who named 20 legislators. Of course, Janklow had four terms over sixteen years to fill Legislative vacancies, and Daugaard is only in his second term/seventh year as Governor.