Noem Appoints New Rapid City State Senator

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Governor Kristi Noem has appointed a Rapid City preschool owner who also teaches at the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University to the state senate.

Jessica Castleberry fills the final year of the District 35 seat vacated when Lyndi DiSanto resigned to take a job out of state. The 2020 session of the Legislature begins in 2 weeks on the 14th.

Noem calls Castleberry “an accomplished businesswoman and a proven public servant” whose background and experience have prepared her well for the position where she will be a strong voice for the people of District 35 – adding that input from the district was helpful in her choice.

Castleberry, a Republican, says serving in the State Senate is a true privilege and an honor that she takes very seriously, and that she looks forward to bringing her perspective to Pierre and working to shape policies that best serve people in District 35 and throughout the state.

Castleberry is a member of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Rapid City Area Schools.

A past president of the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, she was also the 2016 South Dakota CEO Young Enterprising Entrepreneur of the Year and 2018 Small Business Administration South Dakota Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year.

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