Weekly Columns

October 15, 2021 Weekly Column

Break out your blaze orange vests; pheasant season is back again in South Dakota!

October 8, 2021 Weekly Column

This guest column is written by Shawnee Red Bear, who works in Congressman Johnson’s Washington DC office

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October 1, 2021 Weekly Column

This past Wednesday, I hosted a telephone town hall with constituents 35 and under.

Now some of you may be thinking, Dusty, why would you host a town hall exclusive to younger folks?

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September 24, 2021 Weekly Column

If you turned on the news this week or scrolled through social media, it is likely that you came across the tragic story of 22-year-old Gabby Petito whose body was found in Wyoming this week. A little less than two weeks ago, Petito’s family filed a missing person’s report when her fiancé returned home to Florida from a cross-country road trip without her.

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September 15, 2021 Weekly Column

With August recess wrapping up and Members of Congress soon returning to Washington, I wanted to provide you with some of the highlights from my time spent in South Dakota over the summer work period.

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September 10, 2021 Weekly Column

Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It was like every other day working for then-Congressman John Thune on Capitol Hill. I was a staff assistant at the time and our office, the Longworth House Office Building, was located adjacent to the Capitol. 

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September 3, 2021 Weekly Column

The events that unfolded in Afghanistan over the last few weeks have been a tragedy.

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August 27, 2021 Weekly Column

This week, the House was called back for a special session. However, it was not to vote on legislation related to the heart-wrenching humanitarian and military crisis unfolding in Afghanistan. Instead, Speaker Pelosi called us back to vote on a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint.

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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.

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August 13, 2021 Weekly Column

Like many South Dakotans, I grew up in a working-class family where the value of hard work was instilled in me at a young age. The ability to earn an income and support your family is one of the greatest opportunities America has to offer.

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