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First CODA becomes the Governor of South Dakota!

February 6, 2011

By Bug



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


Categories: Announcement, Deaf History
  1. Kate
    February 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    “Deaf family’s farm”? Not even a name for the parents. dad’s name is RAYMOND.

    i am surprise to hear of Dennis’ so called advocacy for the deaf. From what i understand, Dennis has been a disappointment to the deaf community. i hope someone will correct me with more accurate information.

    On the plus side, while his father was alive. Dennis made sure his father was present for various important political event. The last time i saw Raymond in 1997. he shared this with me.

    I do wish Dennis well during his governorship of SD

  2. February 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Wow! Seem he is really good Governor. I hope he find a way to help in Deaf community that the deaf community need him!!!

  3. February 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Advocate for Deaf community in South Dakota? South Dakota has a deaf school that is considerably as one of worst in the USA.

    How can you claim that he’s good governor?



  4. February 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Ridor, you might not know him as good governer. Research your own.Likely you talked about president LBJ is accurate information.

  5. Hershey
    February 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    This is so AWESOME to see and nice job was done on his youtube video. Glad Dennis mentions his ‘Deaf’ roots!!

  6. Duhhie
    February 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    @ Ridor…..

    Oh well, Obviously you do NOT know how to read!, Dennis JUST BECAME GOVERNOR a month AGO…. so how the heck does that reflect his tenure regarding with SD school for the deaf.. Soo GET a LIFE and FIND a JOB instead of jumping and accusing people without reading carefully!

  7. Mad Doc
    February 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    To: Ridor How can you claim to be a good blogger? Or Vlogger for that matter. Let the drama unfold and see where it leads. Had that been a Deaf governor, would you say it is a good thing unless it was in your state? Just learn to appreciate that there is a good connection to the Deaf side!

  8. Meloy Richmond
    February 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Dear Facebook Editors,

    Hope this note may find you all in a good health and well. By the way, I learned about Governor of South Dakota is elected in a few weeks ago and he is CODA. I shared this news to others and one of them texted me that there is a mayor somewhere in Iowa, also is CODA. I asked who is the mayor and what part of the State of Iowa? Responsed that he/she couldn’t remember. So here’s my request for you to know if any thing that you may know of… Will you please notify us? Thank you and have a wonderful day!

    Your regards,

    Meloy Richmond

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