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Miller, Walter Dale, 1925-2015

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1925 - 2015

Biography

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 1 Collection or Record:

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