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April 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) is an original cosponsor of the Finish the Wall Act with Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), which would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to immediately resume construction of the southern border wall.

April 23, 2021 Weekly Column

“Fighting Escalates in Eastern Ukraine, Signaling the End to Another Cease-Fire.”

“Russia seems to be preparing to invade Ukraine but it's not clear whether Putin will go through with it.”

Those were two major headlines splashed across U.S. newspapers this week. It’s easy to skip past them – after all, Russia is 5,010 miles from South Dakota. So why do these headlines matter? First, Russia is not our friend. Putin is a power-hungry egomaniac – and his attempts to influence American politics is unacceptable.

March 19, 2021 Weekly Column

Over the last two months there has been a growing crisis at the southern border.

Following decisions to end the Migrant Protection Protocols or the “remain-in-Mexico” policy and the reestablishment of catch-and-release policies, there has been a surge in illegal crossings at the border.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, a provision authored by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) to improve the Department of Defense’s (DoD) approach to overseeing weapon systems investments was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 Conference Report.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Filemon Vela (D-TX) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan amendment to the House of Representatives’ National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation focuses on improving the Department of Defense’s (DoD) approach to overseeing weapon systems investments.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today signed onto the Agricultural Security Risk Review Act, a bipartisan bill which would formally name the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The Agricultural Security Risk Review Act would allow USDA to analyze any foreign investment into our nation’s food supply.

February 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued a statement following the president’s 2020 State of the Union Address to Congress:

February 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued the following video statement ahead of the president’s State of the Union address:

Click here to watch the video. Remarks as prepared below:

I expect the President to talk about four things:

First, that we’re a safer world after the death of General Qasem Soleimani, the world’s deadliest terrorist.

January 10, 2020 Weekly Column

Securing our border has been at the forefront of this administration’s agenda and rightfully so. I traveled down to the southern border earlier this year and real progress is being made there, however, there is more work to be done.

December 20, 2019 Weekly Column

Dear Santa, 

This year, we finalized a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, gave our troops a pay raise, and in what can only be called a Christmas Miracle – Congress passed a budget. We got a lot done this year, but I wanted to make sure you got my Christmas list just in case there was a little more room in the sleigh. 

All I want for Christmas is…  

December 13, 2019 Weekly Column


December 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, legislation authored by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) was included in the House passed National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1790).

August 15, 2019 In The News

As part of an investigation into labor trafficking in South Dakota, the Argus Leader asked our state's congressional delegation about the extent of illegal labor practices in the area and possible solutions.


We also asked their thoughts on the H-2B visa, which allows employers to hire foreign workers to perform temporary non-agricultural services on a seasonal basis, a source of potential abuse if an employer takes the worker's immigration papers or has them overstay their visa.


August 9, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson was in Aberdeen for a town hall-style event at the Twist Cone.

His event, called “Inside Scoop with Dusty” drew a crowd of about 40.

Earlier in the day Johnson met with a group of constituents at Aberdeen Development Corp. and toured Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.


Residents asked Johnson a variety of questions. The following is a sample of the answers he gave.

July 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) cosponsored the End Child Trafficking Now Act, which would require adults claiming familial relation to migrant children to prove their relationship. Children should never be trafficked, yet from October 2018 to May 2019 the Department of Homeland Security identified nearly 4,800 migrants presenting as family units to be fraudulent. According to the U.S.

July 26, 2019 Weekly Column



June 28, 2019 Weekly Column

It’s Not Perfect – There was a circus in town this week, and it took up residence on the House floor. With 84 votes, the Senate passed a much-needed bipartisan humanitarian border bill that the President agreed to sign. In the House, Speaker Pelosi stood in the way of this legislation for weeks and waited until the midnight hour to bring a solution to the floor.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Rapid Fielding Defense Capabilities and Risk Assessment Act along with Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.-2) and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA-53).

This legislation will improve the Department of Defense’s (DOD) acquisition processes and lead to refining how a Department capability is developed. In turn, the Department will develop and field capabilities more efficiently, which will enable the Department to deliver a needed capability to the warfighter faster.

April 30, 2019 Weekly Column

Our nation’s immigration problems are not new, and frankly, they’re getting worse. I had the opportunity to cut through the noise and travel to our southern border last week to see what’s going on for myself. 

April 25, 2019 Weekly Column

For as long as I can remember, immigration reform headlines have frequented the front pages of our newspapers. It’s a tough system to understand, and an even tougher system to legislate. Many of the world’s greatest leaders have tried and failed over the years, and even some successes have resulted in failure years later.

April 22, 2019 In The News

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is back in KELOLAND after what he calls an "educational" trip to the southern border. Johnson and fellow members of Congress spent time in southwest Arizona earlier this week. 

After spending time down south, Johnson says the hands-on experience at the U.S.-Mexico border is something every member of Congress should take part in. 

"We do have a crisis at the southern border. We had twice as many people apprehended in March as we had in January. We need to fix this problem," Johnson said. 

April 19, 2019 In The News

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson saw two distinct, complex problems during his recent visit to the country's southern border, and he says that complicates finding a broader solution. 

March 29, 2019 In The News

RAPID CITY — Fourteen years after Ellsworth Air Force Base escaped then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s base closure list, the Air Force just ensured the base’s long-term future.

Wednesday, the Air Force announced that Ellsworth would receive the first operational B-21 bomber and the formal training unit.

Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, will also receive B-21 Raiders as they become available.

March 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Furthering American Security by Tempering Environmental Regulations Act or the FASTER Act, which would strengthen the Secretary of Homeland Security’s ability to waive environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, this legislation would reinforce U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s capability to expediently secure our nation’s border with a wall.

February 28, 2019 In The News

Courage and conviction won the day over congressional political pressure in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

South Dakota's lone congressman broke with his party and voted his conscience, ignoring all political calculations.

Rep. Dusty Johnson was one of 13 Republicans — the only one from a massive swath across the middle of the country — to vote with Democrats to block the President's emergency declaration funding a southern border wall.