Rep. Randy Gross, R-District 8 has filled his nominating petitions to seek re-election.
Gross, a Moody County farmer who has served his first two-year term, was appointed by Republican leadership to the November ballot in 2018 to replace Leslie Heinemann who withdrew from the race.
Representing citizens of District 8 is a high honor, one that is both humbling and challenging, Gross said in his re-election announcement. Because of positive encouragement he received, he decided to seek a second term.
“My goal has always been to do my best to represent the diverse interests of our area for the betterment of our great state,” he said. “I look forward to new challenges that will present themselves while working to make South Dakota a home that reflects our self-reliant values and God-given freedoms.”
During his first term, he served on the House appropriations committee, which has a constitutional duty to balance the state’s budget. At the end of the 2019 session, he was elected by fellow lawmakers to serve on the executive board of the Legislature. That board approves summer studies, selects Legislative Research Council leadership, fills boards and commission positions and works to make sure the next legislative session is productive.
Gross, who moved to his farm nine miles north of Flandreau nearly 10 years ago, has dairy cattle at Ash Grove Dairy near Elkton.
Gross, 70, was born in Sioux Falls and lived in Washington state, where his family moved when he was a child. He worked for 29 years for Farm Credit Services of the Northwest and was a dairy farmer.
He is treasurer for the Spring Creek Township and attends Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Flandreau.
Gross and his wife Susan, who retired from teaching preschool from Redeemer Lutheran Church, have four children and seven grandchildren.
District 8 is made up of Moody, Lake, Minor and Sanborn counties. To contact Gross, email him at [email protected]