Brown is new GF&P commissioner

Brown is new GF&P commissioner Gov. Mike Rounds announced March 19 that Richard E. "Dick" Brown of Sioux Falls has been appointed to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

"Dick will be a tremendous asset to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission," said Gov. Rounds. "He comes to the commission with a lifetime of personal experience in hunting, fishing and conservation. His past legislative experience will help balance issues fairly for both sportsmen and landowners."

"I am honored to be appointed to the Game, Fish and Parks Commission," said Brown. "This commission is very important to the future of South Dakota as we balance the issues of preservation, conservation, hunting and fishing responsibilities and economic development. I look forward to this challenge and to creating solutions that will be equitable for all those concerned with South Dakota's wildlife and the industries that surround it."

Brown is currently senior financial and investment advisor for Wells Fargo Bank of Sioux Falls. He served as South Dakota's District 14 Representative from 1995 to 2002.

, executive secretary of the 10-state Missouri River Basin Commission from 1972 to 1979, and on the U.S. Senate professional staff. Brown is a member of the American Legion, and he has served as president of several state and local professional and civic organizations.

A native of Dell Rapids, Brown earned a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of South Dakota and was a Ph.D. candidate at the American University in Washington D.C. Brown and his wife, Sandra Sue, have three children, Matthew, Terra and Jennifer.

Brown's appointment is effective June 1, and will continue until January 10, 2008.

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