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Gov. Daugaard To Name Kim Malsam-Rysdon As Senior Advisor


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO AM) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Kim Malsam-Rysdon will join his staff as senior advisor to the Governor and as a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee.

Malsam-Rysdon currently serves as the Secretary of the Department of Social Services, a position she has held since 2011. She will leave that role to join the Governor's Office.

“Kim Malsam-Rysdon is an intelligent and talented leader, and I appreciate her perspective on a wide range of issues,” said Gov. Daugaard. “I know Kim takes great pride in the work of her team at the Department of Social Services, so I’m very glad she is willing to join my office.”

Prior to becoming Secretary, Malsam-Rysdon served as deputy secretary of DSS from 2005 to 2011. She came to state government in 1995, joining the Department of Human Services, and was director of the Division of Mental Health from 2000 to 2005. 

Malsam-Rysdon received a B.A. in political science from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. She and her husband, Steve, have two teenage sons, Jake and Joe.  

“I am humbled by Gov. Daugaard’s offer to serve on his Executive Committee,” said Malsam-Rysdon. “The Governor’s commitment to helping South Dakotans live and work in their communities is something I share, and I look forward to working with the Governor and others, especially in the areas of health, social and human services as well as other areas that impact South Dakotans across the state.”

Malsam-Rysdon will start her new role in March of 2014. She will succeed Deb Bowman, who is retiring at the conclusion of the legislative session.