First CODA becomes the Governor of South Dakota!
Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota’s 32nd Governor
South Dakota has a new Governor who knows American Sign Language and he is well liked and best known in the Deaf community. He is the first child of deaf adult (CODA) elected into the governor position last January 8th. His name is Dennis Daugaard. He is a republician. Before that, he served as a member of the South Dakota State Senate for six years in late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Dennis was raised on the Deaf family’s farm. His first language is American Sign Language. He was an interpreter, a bus driver, law clerk and security guard while attending law school. After that he became an attorney and worked in the Chicago area for three years. He told one of the reporters that he has always been an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing subjects. he would always recognize and open to the topics as governor. He is a supporter of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community’s needs.
Here’s a link to view the video of him before he ran for the Governor of South Dakota, he was talking about his background. You would see his Deaf parents in the video. Be sure to turn the closed caption on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h78lAI2Msfk
To learn more about South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Dauggard:http://sd.gov/governor/aboutdennis.aspx