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August 20, 2021 Weekly Column

Summer is coming to an end and students across South Dakota are heading back to school. I was home to see my three boys off to start the 2021-2022 school year this week.

While many schools in our state remained open during this past year, the same cannot be said about school districts across the country.

July 23, 2021 Weekly Column

Some of my favorite memories growing up was when school closed for a snow day. But watching the snow pile up outside while waiting for news from the Pierre school district was agonizing as a young kid.

Thanks to Samyok Nepal, a student from Brookings High School, he and his fellow classmates do not have to wait with the same anticipation. 

That’s because Samyok designed Bobcat Notify, an app to alert students of snow days.  

July 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced South Dakota’s second annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for middle and high school students.

The CAC was established by Congress to encourage young people to learn coding and to inspire them to pursue a career in STEM. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in the competition, no previous coding experience is required.

July 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced three South Dakota student artist winners for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition.

Elora Gould, a rising sophomore from Faith High School is the first-place winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for South Dakota. Her pencil and charcoal artwork, “To Have Slept in a Hollow,” will be on exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol, along with the winning artwork from other congressional districts for the next year.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Vermillion, SD – On Saturday, Representative Dusty Johnson announced Professor Michael Roche of Vermillion for the first Strength of South Dakota award. The Strength of South Dakota award was created to celebrate and honor South Dakotans that display unusual perseverance, compassion, and innovation, and are beloved by their community.

May 7, 2021 Weekly Column

Each year congressional offices across the country interview potential candidates for our nation’s military and service academies.

It’s one of the best parts of my job. South Dakota is home to some of the best and brightest students, many of them hoping they’ll go on to serve our country at one of our nation’s esteemed military institutions.

May 6, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) announced eight Service Academy appointments of South Dakota students and residents. They will begin their military training at their respective schools this summer. The Congressman nominated each of these students in December 2020 and they recently accepted their appointments.

April 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the Kids In-Person Determines School (KIDS) Success Act to assess the impact extended school closures have on students’ academic and emotional wellbeing. According to recent data, only “47 percent of schools serving fourth-graders and 46 percent serving eighth-graders were open for full in-person instruction.”

March 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced the 2021 Congressional Art Competition, which puts the artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol building. The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting entries on behalf of Rep. Johnson’s office.

The contest is open to all South Dakota high school students, and the first-place winning entry will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year. The second-place winning entry will be displayed in Johnson’s Washington, D.C., office.

February 19, 2021 Weekly Column

I am proud to be a South Dakotan. As a father with three sons in public school, I’m grateful they have an opportunity each day to go to class in-person. Too many school children across this country aren’t being given that opportunity, and it’s a shame.

Study after study has shown that children being forced to learn remotely are falling behind students attending school in-person. The impact of those decisions will be felt for years to come.

December 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) congratulated Congressional App Challenge winner, Samyok Nepal, a student from Brookings High School. Nepal designed an app called Bobcat Notify, which alerts students on school closures for snow days.

November 20, 2020 Weekly Column

Like most South Dakotans, I want to keep our schools open and our economy strong. If we don’t get COVID-19 under control, that’s going to be increasingly difficult.

November 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) applauded the Senate passage of his bipartisan bill to safeguard Educational Impact Aid for military and tribal schoolchildren amid the pandemic. The bill is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The Impact Aid Coronavirus Relief Act (H.R. 8472) ensures that Federal Impact Aid for public school districts with high concentrations of children of U.S. servicemembers and tribal land will not be adversely affected by COVID-19.

October 16, 2020 Weekly Column

This week I hit the road and traveled across the state to sit down with our students and enjoy a hot meal during school lunch. It’s National School Lunch Week, so I toured schools from Box Elder to Vermillion.

As the top Republican on the Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations and as a member of the Education & Labor Committee, our kid’s lunches are more important to my work than you might think.

September 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), which will divert millions back to tribal students’ education, passed the U.S. House unanimously. The Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act (H.R.

September 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D) today announced that they are accepting applications to the U.S. military academies for the class entering in the summer of 2021.

Students interested in attending a service academy must first obtain a nomination from a member of Congress.  Thune and Johnson will make nominations to the Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

September 3, 2020 Weekly Column

Over the last week, many schools across South Dakota resumed classes – both in-person and online. This marks the beginning of a sense of normalcy many of our kids are experiencing for the first time in several months. 

Although there’s nothing normal about wearing masks or attending classes virtually, this is our reality for the time being and thankfully our students and teachers are making the best of it. Our kids are just thankful to see their friends and teachers. 

September 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) urged U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to include personal protective equipment (PPE) as a deductible classroom expense under the Educator Expense Deduction. Currently, educators can deduct up to $250 of supplementary classroom materials and equipment.

August 7, 2020 Weekly Column

South Dakota is home to outstanding universities and technical colleges that are leading the country in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) fields that so many students are pursuing. These students have an opportunity to receive a first-class education right here in South Dakota.

July 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today announced South Dakota’s first Congressional App Challenge (CAC), an app competition for students in middle and high school across the country.

The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).

July 16, 2020 In The News

August is just around the corner – can you believe it? It is almost hard to process. For more than five months, most of the country has had their K-12 aged kids at home, full-time. Five months.

July 10, 2020 Weekly Column

August is just around the corner – can you believe it? It is almost hard to process. For more than five months, most of the country has had their K-12 aged kids at home, full-time. Five months. 

May 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced Kenzee Schafer, from Wessington Springs, as the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for South Dakota. Schafer won for her oil and acrylic painting, “Pride.” Schafer is a junior at Wessington Springs High School, taught by art teacher is Alicia Roesler. The artwork will be on exhibit in the Cannon Tunnel at the U.S. Capitol, along with the winning artwork from other congressional districts for the next year.

May 8, 2020 Weekly Column

I’ll say it right off the bat, the Class of 2020 graduation looks different than those of the past – that’s no secret. Graduating amid a pandemic shouldn’t make your day any less special, though. A graduation day is still something to celebrate and all of South Dakota knows our 2020 graduates worked hard to get to where they are.

May 1, 2020 Weekly Column

Mother’s Day will look differently this year. Families will have their Sunday brunch at home and our kids won’t be bringing back handmade crafts orchestrated by their gracious teachers who have saved many a dad throughout the years. Friendly reminder dads – Mother’s Day is a few days out. 

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today issued a statement following the bipartisan passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Previously, Johnson supported two legislative packages to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 and provide federal reimbursement to small employers for paid sick and emergency leave provided to their employees. Rep.

March 27, 2020 Weekly Column

Q: Will I receive a $1,200 check from the federal government to help with the economic stress of COVID-19?

February 21, 2020 Weekly Column

South Dakota’s congressional office has a tight-knit team – there are eight full time staff in Washington, three in Sioux Falls, two in Rapid City, and one in Aberdeen. That’s 14 folks, plus me, who handle all the congressional-related work in our entire state.

February 20, 2020 Press Release

PIERRE, S.D. – U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson today announced the 2020 Congressional Art Competition, which puts the artwork of South Dakota students in the nation’s Capitol building. The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting entries on behalf of Rep. Johnson’s office.

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today sat down with actor Chris Evans to participate in a civic engagement project called, “A Starting Point.”

January 31, 2020 Weekly Column

On days I’m home in South Dakota, I sit down for my morning bowl of Wheaties and flip through our local papers. This week, as I ate my bowl of cereal, I came across a well-researched and well-written article. The title was: “Effort begins to reduce risk of death of South Dakota mothers during childbirth.” It was written by local reporter Nick Lowrey from South Dakota News Watch and placed in many papers throughout the state.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced that his office is seeking internship applicants for Summer 2020 in his Washington, D.C., Rapid City, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls offices.

January 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act (H.R. 895), which was introduced by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) earlier this year.

December 13, 2019 In The News

This week, South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson became just the second member of Congress to speak Lakota on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Johnson spoke the language as a way to advocate legislation that would advance the practice of Lakota languages.

He emphasized the importance of indigenous languages as the life-blood of cultural understanding.

The last member to speak Lakota on the floor was Representative John Kyl of Iowa. He used a Lakota phrase on the floor in 1963.

December 4, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule impacting able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits. This rule significantly reduces waivers, requiring ABAWDs to enroll in a training program, pursue higher education, or seek employment in order to remain eligible for SNAP benefits. U.S.

October 25, 2019 Weekly Column

 

October 24, 2019 In The News

Today U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Frank Lucas (R-OK), introduced the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, a bill that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training.

October 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Frank Lucas (R-OK), introduced the Livestock Risk Management and Education Act, a bill that would provide grants to certain state land-grant universities to better equip livestock producers with risk management training. Cattle Association’s and educators had the following to say:

American Farm Bureau Federation, Scott VanderWal, Vice President:

October 21, 2019 In The News

Rep. Dusty Johnson is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. House to help agricultural students at public schools.

The bill would provide federal grants for risk management training, teaching students about volatility in the livestock market. 

“Producers already face an uphill battle of unpredictable weather, understanding cattle prices doesn’t need to be an added challenge,” Johnson said in a release. “I’m proud to partner with my colleagues from cattle country to help best prepare our Ag economy and producers for the future.”

October 8, 2019 In The News

Place a politician into a roomful of curious news reporters and there’s a chance that mayhem will ensue, with questions being shouted and the elected office holder trying his or her best to come up with a politically correct answer.

 

It’s a process that doesn’t always work well, judging from recent television news coverage of political press conferences.

 

October 4, 2019 Weekly Column

When you read “Nationally Recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS),” do you think of South Dakota? Well, you should. In Madison, South Dakota, you’ll find one of the nation’s top-ranked cybersecurity programs within the walls of Dakota State University (DSU). 

September 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) announced that his office is seeking internship applicants for Spring 2020 in his Washington, D.C., Rapid City, Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls offices.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) introduced the Empower Parents in College Act (H.R. 4253), which would provide more flexibility for universities to partner with local child care providers to offer child care services to their student-parent population.

September 4, 2019 In The News

PIERRE, S.D. — Looking to ease the burden of child care for parents in college, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., is planning to introduce a bill to open federal college and university grant dollars to fund more accessible child care to student-parents.

According to Johnson's Friday, Aug. 30, newspaper column, 24% of American college students are parents. As a member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, Johnson said he has heard testimony from student-parents struggling to juggle their studies, jobs and child care.

August 31, 2019 In The News

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Kelo.com) -- Representative Dusty Johnson is looking to make the transition for single parents going into higher ed a little easier. In the month of September Johnson will introduce the Empower Parents in College Act.

The Empower Parents in College Act he says would allow colleges and technical institutes that serve low-income students to apply for existing grant funds from the Strengthening Institutions Program.

 

August 30, 2019 Weekly Column

Most of South Dakota’s students are back in the swing of the school year. Whether your child is beginning kindergarten or just moved into their first dorm room to begin freshman year at college, education - from pre-K to secondary - is central to the American way and our progress as a nation.

August 2, 2019 Weekly Column
July 16, 2019 Press Release

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July 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and David Trone (D-MD) announced the introduction of the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act of 2019, a bill that would assist institutions of higher education in implementing evidence-based programs to prevent alcohol and substance misuse on campus and support those with substance use disorders (SUDs). Reps. Chris Pappas (D-NH), John Joyce (R-PA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), and Michael Guest (R-MS) joined Johnson and Trone in introducing the bill. 

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