Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Chuck Jones, a casino manager from Flandreau, to replace Russell Olson in the state senate Tuesday.
Jones, 42, is the former city administrator of Flandreau, a Gulf War veteran, an an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
Olson, then the Senate Majority Leader, resigned in August to accept a promotion as CEO of Madison’s Heartland Consumer Power District. Daugaard’s appointment of Jones came more than four months after Olson announced he would step down.
Jones is the manager of Flandreau’s Royal River Casino. In addition to his active duty service in the Gulf War, he was in the National Guard from 1991 to 2001 and the U.S. Army Reserve from 2001 to 2012. Born and raised in Flandreau, he’s
also lived in Minnesota and Iowa served in the Iowa and Minnesota National Guard while living in South Dakota.
Jones is registered to vote as a member of the Republican Party. All of Daugaard’s six legislative appointments have been Republicans appointed to Republican-held seats.
He’ll represent District 8 in the South Dakota Legislature, which includes Lake, Miner, Moody and Sanborn counties.