Dusty Johnson kicks off reelection campaign
Chooses Rapid City to launch effort
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Congressional Representative Dusty Johnson was in Rapid City Wednesday to launch his reelection campaign.
Johnson was first elected in 2018 to succeed now-Governor Kristi Noem.
“I’m proud of what South Dakota’s congressional office has achieved in such a short time, but there’s so much more I want to get done,” said Johnson.
In addition to launching his campaign in Rapid City, Johnson says his campaign will be headquartered here, calling the area a “political powerhouse” for its conservative values.
During his first term, Johnson was a strong proponent of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), often challenging the House Democratic leadership to bring the agreement to the floor for debate and a vote.
Johnson serves on the House Agriculture Committee, and is the ranking member on its Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations subcommittee.
“Agriculture is my number one priority and our farmers and ranchers need secure trade deals,” he said.
Johnson faces a primary challenger from former South Dakota state legislator Liz Marty May of Kyle. May and her husband own Kyle Grocery, run a cow-calf operation, and raise quarter horses.
The there are currently also two Democratic candidates seeking South Dakota’s at-large congressional seat.