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Miller, Walter Dale, 1925-2015



  • Existence: 1925 - 2015


Walter Dale Miller was a rancher from Viewfield in Meade County, South Dakota. He served for 20 years as a school board member and was a leader in the Republican Party. In 1966 he was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives where he served until 1986. He is the only person in the history of the state to serve as Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Speaker of the House, Speaker Pro Tempore, and President of the Senate.

In 1986, gubernatorial candidate George S. Mickelson selected Miller to be his running mate. They won that election, and Miller became the state's first full-time Lieutenant Governor in January 1987. When Governor Mickelson died in a plane crash on April 20, 1993, Miller was the first Lieutenant Governor in South Dakota's history to succeed to the governorship upon the death of his predecessor. At 67, he was also the oldest governor in state history. Miller left state government in 1995 after losing the Republican gubernatorial primary to Bill Janklow.

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Cabinet Retreats, 1988 - 1993

 Series — Box: 07405
Identifier: ACC 2018-035
Scope and Contents This series contains information related to the Governor’s cabinet retreats held from 1988 through 1993. These strategic planning retreats were used to develop policies, procedures, and priorities for the administration. Records include schedules and agendas, memoranda, correspondence, lists of attendees, presentations, and evaluation summaries.
Dates: 1988 - 1993

Director Files, 1986 - 1994

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ACC 2011-019:
Scope and Contents This series contains files created by Kenneth Schaack during his time as Director of the Division of Enterprise Initiation. The files include information about the following subjects: the Roland Dolly Scholarship program, the Future Fund, marketing South Dakota to businesses, Governor Mickelson’s trip to New York City to promote South Dakota, Mickelson’s speeches related to economic development, “Centennial Minute” commercial transcripts, technical education programs and proposals, and South...
Dates: 1986 - 1994

Executive Orders, 1990 - 1994

 Series — Box: 06145
Identifier: ACC 96-072:
Scope and Contents This series contains copies of executive orders, which may include reorganization orders, filed with and signed by the Secretary of State. Information may include, but is not limited to: order number, title, nature of order, and signatures of the Governor and the Secretary of State. The information is maintained pursuant to SDCL 1-8-1(1).
Dates: 1990 - 1994

Executive Pardons, 1992 - 1994

 Series — Box: 00476 B
Identifier: ACC 96-073:
Scope and Contents This series contains the official copies of pardons handed down by the Governor. Information may include: name of person, name of person granted pardon, nature of pardon, and date filed. This record series is maintained pursuant to SDCL 24-14-11 to register pardons issued.
Dates: 1992 - 1994

Executive Proclamations/Declarations, 1991 - 1994

 Series — Box: 00476 B
Identifier: ACC 96-074:
Scope and Contents This series contains copies of executive proclamations and declarations signed by the Governor. Information may include but is not limited to: title, nature of the proclamation/declaration, and Governor's signature. Selected information honoring individuals or causes are maintained for courtesy and informational purposes. Proclamations or declarations declaring emergencies to exist or convening special session of the Legislature are maintained pursuant to SDCL 1-8-1(1).
Dates: 1991 - 1994

Governor George S. Mickelson Memorial Service (Pierre, S.D.)

 Unprocessed — Box: 09151 C
Identifier: H2013-005
Dates: 1993

Governor's Hunt Roster, 1984-2002

 Unprocessed — Box: 08584
Identifier: H2007-068
Dates: 1984-2002

Oaths of Office, 1991 - 1993

 Series — Box: 06132
Identifier: ACC 96-063:
Scope and Contents This series consists of the oaths of office filed with the Secretary of State's office for George S. Mickelson, Walter D. Miller, and Steve Kirby.
Dates: 1991 - 1993

Organizational Charts and Budget Information, 1983 - 2003

 Series — Box: 07405
Identifier: ACC 2018-037
Scope and Contents Contains organizational charts for the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Office of Tourism from 1983 to 2003. Charts usually list the names and titles of staff members in the office hierarchy, although some only list the position title.

Also included is a Governor’s Office FTE report for FY 1991 and FY 1992, a list of Governor’s Office employees from 1995 to circa 2002, and the FY 2005 Budget Briefing for the Governor’s Office.
Dates: 1983 - 2003

Photograph of Elected Officials, 1991 - 1993

 Series — drawer: MD 243, Folder 5
Identifier: ACC 2016-164
Scope and Contents This series consists of a large color photograph of South Dakota's elected officials from 1991 to 1993. The photograph belonged to G. Homer Harding, former State Treasurer. Individuals pictured are (from left to right): Laska Schoenfelder, Public Utilities Commissioner; Walter D. Miller, Lieutenant Governor; George S. Mickelson, Governor; G. Homer Harding, State Treasurer; Vern Larson, State Auditor; Joyce Hazeltine, Secretary of State; and Mark Barnett, Attorney General.
Dates: 1991 - 1993

Photographs, 1992 - 1995

 Series — Box: 07405
Identifier: ACC 2018-029
Scope and Contents This series contains copies of photographs used in the South Dakota Heritage Fund’s Campaign Bulletin newsletters to promote the Oyate Wicokan exhibit, photos of Gov. George S. Mickelson gathered for the Mickelson Memorial in April 1994, and images of Sioux Falls representatives receiving an award on Philanthropy Day in Nov. 1993.
Dates: 1992 - 1995