Weekly Columns

May 24, 2019 Weekly Column

In my ongoing effort to make myself and my office as open and accessible as possible, I wanted to give you an update of my work in D.C. and in South Dakota. I hope you’ll take the time to give me feedback on this new format by reaching out to one of my offices (https://dustyjohnson.house.gov/) or by finding me on social media @RepDustyJohnson!

May 10, 2019 Weekly Column

I got your letter and I wanted to thank you for the invite to your high school grad party. I’m going to try my best to make it.

May 3, 2019 Weekly Column

When Professor Sean Flynn, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, released his book Without Reservation: Benjamin Reifel & American Indian Acculturation, I was quick to snag a copy. I was fascinated by the story of the first Congressman of Lakota Sioux descent, Ben Reifel. 

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 18, 2019 Weekly Column

Many people are familiar with the work I do in D.C., which ensures South Dakota’s voice is heard on a national level about the issues that matter most to our state. However, I believe the most effective work gets done right here at home. I have offices in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, where my staff works every day to help folks who are having issues with the federal government.

April 11, 2019 Weekly Column

Over the last several weeks, South Dakota and our surrounding states have endured record level flooding. This has been a dire situation for the families and communities across the Midwest. Our state has barely begun to recover from dramatic flooding, and now we are seeing blizzard conditions in mid-April.

April 9, 2019 Weekly Column

An average summer day in South Dakota is 82 degrees. While I am in the state for the August work period, I want to make sure I get face time with as many of you as possible. To help beat the heat and hear from South Dakotans at the same time, I’m making stops at ice cream shops throughout the state to get the “Inside Scoop.” I am always looking for more opportunities to sit down with constituen

March 29, 2019 Weekly Column

I grew up in a large working-class family in central South Dakota. My parents worked hard, every single day. So did I, and so did my brother and my sisters.