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Former South Dakota House Speaker Roger Hunt dies at 80

November 11, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Former South Dakota House Speaker Roger Hunt has died following complications from surgery. He was 80.

Matt Pepper, funeral director at Heritage Funeral Home, said Hunt died Friday. The Argus Leader reports Hunt served one term as speaker during his 20 years in the House.

Hunt championed conservative causes, including sponsoring bills to restrict abortion. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says Hunt was a gentleman and “true public servant.”

Born in 1938, Hunt grew up in Sioux Falls, later becoming the first in his family to attend college. After law school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served for 22 years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Hunt returned to South Dakota after retiring from the Navy and won his first legislative term in 1990. Capitol flags will fly at half-staff the day of Hunt’s funeral.

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