VOLGA – State Rep. John Mills has submitted petitions, been certified by the secretary of state as a candidate and will be on the ballot for re-election this November.
Mills, a Republican, will face Republican incumbent Fred Deutsch and Democrat Becky Holtquist in a race for two District 4 seats in the state House of Representatives. The general election is Nov. 3.
Mills has served District 4 (Grant, Deuel, rural Brookings and rural Codington counties) since being elected in November 2016. In the House, he currently serves on the Taxation Committee and is the chair of the Transportation Committee. He also was chosen to serve on the Legislative Executive Board, a combination House and Senate leadership committee, that manages legislative business when the legislature is not in session.
Mills and his wife Joy live on a farm near Volga. They have two grown children who are married and have blessed them with six grandchildren, all living in the area.
He has a broad range of business experience from decades of working in building construction, real estate development and property management and has strong connections to agriculture from his own farm and those of family and friends.
Mills and his wife are active members of Peace Lutheran Church in Brookings, where he has served in a variety of roles including Sunday school teacher, elder, and congregation chair. Over the years, he has had a number of other leadership roles including positions with the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota and serving as a district supervisor for the Brookings County Conservation District.
“Serving District 4 in the South Dakota House has been a privilege. It is also some of the hardest work I have done. Fortunately, I like challenges and know that we can find answers the way South Dakotans always have – by sharing ideas and working hard to find the best solutions. I am ready, willing and able to continue that work,” Mills said.
Mills can be reached at 605-826-4290 or [email protected]