Sioux Falls couple will address Clay County’s Lincoln Day Dinner May 5 at Vermillion Eagles

Sioux Falls couple will address Clay County's Lincoln Day Dinner May 5 at Vermillion Eagles Former Vermillion resident William G. (Bill) Peterson, majority leader of the South Dakota House of Representatives, and his wife, Sue, chairperson of the Minnehaha County Republicans, will be keynote speakers at the Clay County Lincoln Day Dinner.

The event will be held Saturday, May 5 at the Vermillion Eagles Club. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each, or two for $40. Call 624-9100 for reservations.

William G. Peterson

William G. (Bill) Peterson, 50, is assistant vice president and public affairs officer for CNA Surety/Western Surety Company, a nationwide surety and fidelity bonding company headquartered in Sioux Falls.

He is a recognized authority on commercial surety and fidelity bonds.

Peterson is serving his third term in the South Dakota House of Representatives for District 14. He is Majority Leader of the House and chairs the State Affairs Committee.

Peterson is a fourth-generation South Dakotan. Emigrating from Norway, his family homesteaded in Hanson County, Dakota Territory. He was born and raised in Vermillion. He received his education at Vermillion High School and The University of South Dakota (political science major). In 1972, Peterson was elected student body president at USD.

Peterson previously worked as chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Lowell Hansen and as vice president of Jack Rabbit Bus Lines in Sioux Falls. He also served as the chief lobbyist for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and managed the Legislation and Research Department for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

Peterson is active in many community activities, including America's Shrine to Music Museum Board of Directors, United Way, Youth Business Academy and Leadership Sioux Falls.

He founded and co-chaired Citizens for Modern Government, a public interest organization working for better government. As a citizen activist, Peterson led the movement which brought a new charter form of city government to Sioux Falls in 1994.

Peterson has been active in Republican Party politics, having served as the Minnehaha County Republican Chair 1995-1996.

Peterson and his family live in Sioux Falls.

Sue Peterson

Sue (Lucas) Peterson was born and raised in Miles City, MT. In high school she was active in athletics, speech/drama and the National Honor Society. In her senior year she was the Montana state discus champion and received All State speech honors.

Mrs. Peterson graduated magna cum laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with majors in business administration and communications. In 1993, she earned her master of business administration degree from The University of South Dakota.

Prior to making the decision to be a stay-at-home mom, she served as vice president of commercial lending with Marquette Bank in Sioux Falls. During this time, she was named South Dakota Young Careerist by Business and Professional Women and received the Marquette Bank Gordon Olson Community Service award.

In 1999, Mrs. Peterson was elected chairperson of the Minnehaha County Republican Party. With the theme, "United We Win" Republicans won 20 out of 25 seats in Minnehaha County in the 2000 election. Sue and her husband Bill represented South Dakota as Bush delegates to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia this past summer. In January, she was elected to another term as Minnehaha County Republican chairperson.

Mrs. Peterson also served as an advisory member of the Lutheran Social Services Finance Committee in addition to her involvement in politics.

The Petersons have two children, Lucas, 7, and Robert, 5. They live in Sioux Falls.

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