Herseth Sandlin says thank you

We received the following op-ed submission from Stephanie Herseth Sandlin this week.

Thank You
By Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Over the last six and a half years, I have had the privilege of serving you in Congress. Now that my time in office is coming to a close, I want to express my enormous gratitude to the people of South Dakota for giving me the opportunity to serve.  It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve the state that I love  and work on behalf of South Dakota families, communities and businesses.

In addition to being grateful for the trust you placed in me, I am also proud of the progress we made, working together, on behalf of our state since I was first elected in 2004.

While each and every day included proud moments of helping a constituent in need or voting on behalf of South Dakota’s priorities in the U.S. House, a few milestones stand out.

•       Helping to write and pass the last Farm Bill, which does right by South Dakota in our agriculture economy.
•       Passing my bill, the Tribal Law and Order Act, to help ensure a better sense of safety and security in Indian Country.
•       Helping to write and pass a new GI Bill to invest in our veterans’ education, and passing legislative provisions I authored to better meet the needs of women veterans.
•       Working with South Dakota Ag producers and leaders in the biofuels industry to see not one but two historic Renewable Fuel Standards become law.
•       Collaborating with the delegation and local leaders in a bipartisan effort to save Ellsworth Air Force base and add new missions there.
•       Reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program so that more kids in South Dakota can have better health care.

But it’s the personal relationships I’ve made with countless South Dakotans that matter most: our servicemen and women and their families; the small business owners who put everything they have into their endeavors to create jobs and contribute to our economy; the students and teachers I met in South Dakota classrooms and in Washington when they came to visit our nation’s capital; the farmers and ranchers who weather both natural disasters and market fluctuations year after year.

The enduring spirit and basic goodness of South Dakotans is what has always inspired my desire to serve, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to do so.  Max, Zachary and I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, and a safe, happy and blessed new year.

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  1. Dear Stephanie, I hope that you remember us from different events in South Dakota. My husband, Tom, was the CEO for Glacial Lakes Energy in Watertown, SD until October, 2008. Our family is now living in Mankato, MN, and Tom works for an ethanol company out of Omaha, Nebraska. Garrett is a senior and graduating in June from Mankato West High School and Molly is an eighth grader at Dakota Meadows Middle School. Tom just settled his breech of contract lawsuit with Glacial Lakes Energy through mediation – finally, we can begin the final stage of healing now that things have been resolved! His lead attorney was Richard Casey out of Sioux Falls – maybe you know him. From the bottom of our hearts we want to express to you what an honor it was to know you and Tom was forever thankful for your support in the ethanol industry. I saw a couple of your ads while visiting my parents in Clark, SD, and your son is absolutely precious. We are so very sorry for the results of the fall election…we fail to understand what the people of SD were thinking! Your dedication and love for South Dakota was very evident every time we heard your speak – formally or informally. Our country needs more politicians like you, Stephanie, and we hope that your political career is not over!! We wish you luck and complete happiness in whatever lies ahead for you and your family. Max and Zachary are lucky to have you as a wife and mommy:) Sincerely and thankfully, Tom, Robin, Garrett, and Molly Branhan 104 Chancery Lane, Mankato, MN 56001

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