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WILL MORTENSON | Perspective from Pierre

Season 5, Ep. 17

Mortenson Discusses his Perspective from Pierre

VERMILLION, S.D. – Representative Will Mortenson, B.A. '10, discussed his decision to run for public office and his perspective from the capitol in Pierre on Credit Hour.


“You run because you have ideas in some of these areas,” said Mortenson. “Policy works best when you work it through with all the people who are going to be involved.”


Mortenson, a University of Virginia law graduate, is in his first term representing District 24 in the South Dakota State House of Representatives. He manages his own law practice in Fort Pierre, and has prior experience serving as a policy advisory for former Gov. Dennis Daugaard and managing Congressman Dusty Johnson’s election for public utility commissioner in 2010.


“The thing I know for sure is that we’ve got something good in South Dakota,” said Mortenson. “I love this state and I love USD because the priorities here and the things that are status-inducing are authenticity and caring for communities and they are understanding that we have a shared history that we get to build upon.”


Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and www.usd.edu/podcast.

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