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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 2 Collections and/or Records:

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