Noem names Scheibe as Chief of Staff effective May 1
PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem announced on Thursday that she will name Aaron P. Scheibe as her Chief of Staff effective May 1. Scheibe will replace Tony Venhuizen, who Noem named earlier this week to the South Dakota Board of Regents.
“I am honored the Governor has asked me to rejoin her administration at this crucial time,” Scheibe said. “I look forward to working with the Governor’s team, her cabinet secretaries and their dedicated staff, and the Legislature to ensure South Dakota is an example of responsible, and responsive, government for years to come.”
Scheibe, who currently serves as an attorney at a private law practice, previously served in Noem’s administration in 2019 as a senior policy advisor in areas including public safety, transportation, tribal relations, and energy. He was Deputy Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development from 2014 to 2019, and prior to that, served 12 years as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State at embassies in the former Soviet Union and various offices in Washington, D.C., including on the staff of two secretaries of state.
A Pierre native, Scheibe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Washington University School of Law. He and his wife, Laura, live in Pierre with their two sons.