Daugaard selects Craig Tieszen's replacement for State House of Representatives

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard will appoint Michael Diedrich of Rapid City to fill the District 34 vacancy in the State House of Representatives. 

Diedrich will succeed the late Craig Tieszen, who passed away in November. He will serve during the 2018 Legislative Session, and his term will continue through the end of 2018. 

Diedrich previously served in the South Dakota State Senate from 1987-1991 and from 1993-1995. He is vice president of governmental relations for Regional Health in Rapid City. During his almost 7 years at Regional Health, Diedrich has also worked as associate general counsel and as interim VP of the compliance, human resources, and development departments. Diedrich previously spent 11 years in the Rapid City city attorney’s office, including 7 years as city attorney, and also worked in private business.

“Mike Diedrich has extensive experience in the legislature, in private industry, and in the municipal and non-profit sectors,” said Daugaard. “With Rep. Tieszen’s sad passing, I appreciate that Mike is willing to step in and serve in the State House.”

Diedrich is a graduate of Rapid City Central High School, and earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of South Dakota. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a master of laws in healthcare law from Loyola University School of Law.

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“Craig Tieszen was dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. I plan to serve with the same level of integrity, strong values and compassion that he displayed in all facets of life,” Diedrich said. “As a lifelong resident of Rapid City, I am humbled to represent my neighbors and community to positively impact change now and for future generations.”

Diedrich has served on many community and states board. He currently serves on the Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center board of directors, the Mt. Rushmore Society board of directors, the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce public policy and government affairs committees, the South Dakota Health Care Solutions Coalition, and the Boy Scouts of America district board. Diedrich is also a member of the board of directors of Black Hills Community Bank, N.A.

He says that although the circumstances aren't ideal, he's honored to take the seat.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be asked by the governor to fill Representative Tieszen's unexpired term," Diedrich said. "District 34 is a great district and it's been well-represented for a lot of years. So it's really a privilege to be there. I'm very much in tune with my neighbors and look forward to helping us improve our community and we have a lot of work to do - I've got a lot of things to do to get up to speed and I'm ready for the process to begin."

He also says that one of his goals is to help find solutions for the community and help it grow and sustain its current lifestyle.

Diedrich and his wife, Connie, have two sons, Chris and Ross.

District 34 includes western Rapid City, generally including the areas west of Mount Rushmore Road, Dinosaur Hill, and “The Gap” on West Main Street, and including sites such as Camp Rapid, Canyon Lake, the Sioux San Hospital, West Middle School, and Southwest Middle School.

Information from the Office of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard

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