My dad was a state legislator, world war 2 veteran, and the owner of a small business. He taught me the value of hard work, the importance of defending our way of life, and a sense of civic responsibility.
My wife Michele and I were both raised in South Dakota and have been married over 30 years. We have 3 adult children who live in Sioux Falls. My daughter Heather works for Citibank. My son Daniel is a public defender, he and his wife Jennifer are parents to my grandson, kendon. My daughter Jenna is the youngest female legislator in South Dakota history. I have a daughter Emma who is eleven. Our special needs son named Zane who passed away last fall at the age of seven.
I have an MBA from the University of South Dakota, have worked in the legislature for two years, and have spent most of my adult life in the private sector here in South Dakota. I have owned a small business and work in management for Esurance here in Sioux Falls.
Jenna Haggar is a 5th generation South Dakotan. Born in South Dakota's capitol, Pierre. She has lived in Sioux Falls for 17 years, where she resides in the District 15 family home built by her great-grandfather in 1916. Professionally, she is a Certified Chiropractic Assistant and has worked at the same clinic for eight years.
Jenna has also served as an advocate in the legislature for the rights of unborn babies as well as end of life issues. In 2008 she worked on a United States Senate campaign. In addition to her professional background Jenna has spent time actively serving others. She has volunteered as a chess tutor in area schools and as an English tutor to immigrants in the Sioux Falls region. She has done mission work at various orphanages (within the United States and Mexico). She is a Youth Leadership Mentor through Summit Ministries. Continuing to work throughout the community in various aspects she now serves the people of South Dakota in the House of Representatives and sits on the Education and Health & Human Services committees.