Noem hires Venhuizen to take over as chief of staff

March 2, 2020 GMT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday named a new chief of staff who’s no stranger to the governor’s office.

Tony Venhuizen, who held the top staff position under former Gov. Dennis Daugaard, will be Noem’s newest adviser. He has been working for her office on a temporary basis since former chief of staff Joshua Shields left after less than three months on the job.

Venhuizen will be Noem’s third chief of staff.

“Given his tenure and wealth of historical knowledge, Tony brings a unique set of skills to my team,” Noem said in a statement.

After serving on Noem’s transition team last year, Venhuizen took a job with Redstone Law Firm. He will now work for Noem full-time.


Venhuizen will continue to live in Sioux Falls, bucking the usual arrangement of having the chief of staff live in Pierre.