Rounds supports Frederick for GOP post

Rounds supports Frederick for GOP post Gov. Mike Rounds announced Jan. 9 that Randy Frederick, of Hayti, is his choice to be the next chairperson of the South Dakota Republican Party.

"Randy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the political process, and will serve the needs of the party well," Rounds said.

Frederick, 46, a former chair of the Hamlin County Republicans, was appointed to the State House of Representatives in 1989, elected to the House in 1991, and successfully served as a state senator from 1992-2000 when term limits did not allow him to seek re-election. Frederick was chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee during the same time that Gov. Rounds was the Senate Majority Leader.

Frederick, a farmer, earned an associate degree from South Dakota State University. He serves as the chairman of the board for Glacial Lakes Energy in Watertown, is on the board of directors for Hamlin County Cooperative and on the church council at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Grover. He and his wife Cindy have three children.

Frederick would succeed Joel Rosenthal who chose not to seek a seventh term as chairperson. The party will elect new leadership on Feb. 22, in Pierre.

"Joel Rosenthal has worked hard at building the State Republican Party. His success is evident in the strength of our party in the last election. His shoes will be hard to fill, but I'm confident that Randy is up to the challenge," said Gov. Rounds.

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