Each member of the House Education returns to their seat on the committee.
The 15-member House Education committee, which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:45 a.m., brings every member back for the 2022 legislative session with Rep. Lana Greenfield serving as committee chair for her fourth year.
Let’s get to know the committee members:
Rep. Lana Greenfield (District 2) begins her final year of her fourth term in the House. A business owner and former teacher, this is the fourth year Rep. Greenfield has served on the education committee and as its Chairwoman. She also sat on the 2018 legislative interim committee that studied the Extraordinary Cost Fund. Rep. Greenfield will also serve on the Local Government committee.
Rep. Sue Peterson (District 13) enters her sixth year in the House and the legislature. Rep. Peterson, a former banker, is serving her second year on House Ed. during which she has also been Vice Chair of the committee. She was also a member of the 2019 special education interim legislative committee. Rep. Peterson will also serve on the GOAC and Judiciary committees in 2022.
Rep. Hugh Bartels (District 5) completes his third term in House and legislature this year. A retired community banker, Rep. Bartels is sitting on the House Ed. committee for the second year and previously served on the Watertown School Board. He will Chair the Retirement Laws committee and is also a member of the Commerce & Energy committee.
Rep. Sydney Davis (District 17) finishes her final year of her first term in the House and Legislature. A CRNA and Cattle Producer, Rep. Davis is a second year member of the House Ed. committee. She will also serve on the Health & Human Services committee for the second year.
Rep. Drew Dennert (District 3) sits on the House Education committee for the second time in his legislative tenure, which is in its final year of his third term. Rep. Dennert, a Farmer and Rancher, was the youngest elected legislator in the state’s history in 2016. He will also Chair the House Taxation committee this year.
Rep. Fred Deutsch (District 4) sees 2022 mark his sixth year in the legislature, each of which he has sat on the House Education committee. The former Watertown School Board Member and retired Chiropractor, Rep. Deutsch also served on the 2019 interim committee studying Special Education. He will be the Vice Chair of Health & Human Services committee and a member of the Military and Veteran Affairs committee.
Rep. Erin Healy (District 14) returns to the legislature and the House Education committee for her fourth year. A Senior Marketing Analyst from Sioux Falls, Rep. Healy continues to serve as the House as Minority Whip and will also sit on the Health & Human Services and Legislative Procedure committees.
Rep. Phil Jensen (District 33) makes 2020 his 14th year in the legislature during which time he has served multiple years in both chambers. A Small Business Owner, Rep. Jensen has sat a total of eight years on education committees between the House and Senate. He will also be a member of the Health & Human Services committee.
Rep. Jennifer Keintz (District 1) travels from Marshall County to Pierre for her second year in the legislature. Rep. Keintz is a Real Estate Broker and Business Owner and is serving on the House Education committee for the second year. She will also sit on the Health & Human Services committee.
Rep. Sam Marty (District 28B) maintains his seat with the House Education committee, which marks his eighth year in the House and the Legislature. Rep. Marty will also serve on the Ag. & Natural Resources committee and Military and Veteran Affairs committee.
Rep. Paul Miskimins (District 20) finishes his fourth year in the House overall this year. Rep. Miskimins, a Retired Dentist and Farmer, is a member of the House Ed. committee for the second year. He will also sit on the Health & Human Services committee.
Rep. Will Mortenson (District 24) concludes his first term in the legislature with a second year on the House Education committee. Rep. Mortenson, an Attorney, was a former staff member of former Gov. Dennis Daugaard. He will also be a member of the House Local Government committee.
Rep. Scott Odenbach (District 31) serves on the House Education committee for the second consecutive year. An Attorney, Rep. Odenbach is a former School Board Member of the Spearfish School District. He will also serve on the Judiciary committee.
Rep. Bethany Soye (District 9) opens her second year in the House and Legislature this year. Rep. Soye, who works in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance at MetaBank in Sioux Falls, will also be a member of the Judiciary committee.
Rep. Mike Stevens (District 18) serves his eighth overall year in the House and Legislature this year. During his tenure, Rep. Stevens has served six years on the House Education committee. An Attorney, he is a former Yankton School Board Member. Rep. Stevens will also serve as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary committee.
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