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Governor George S. Mickelson

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Office Dates:  Jan 06, 1987 - Apr 19, 1993

Died in office

Born:  Jan 31, 1941

Passed:  Apr 19, 1993

Birth State:  South Dakota

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married Linda McCahren; three children

School(s):  University of South Dakota

Military Service:  Army

Awards: Army Commendation, Vietnam Service Medals

GEORGE S. MICKELSON was born in Mobridge, South Dakota. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1963 and his law degree in 1965 from the University of South Dakota. He attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He went on to become Assistant Attorney General of South Dakota, special prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office, Brookings County State’s Attorney. In addition, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, where he was elected Speaker. As governor he worked to improve education, increase the minimum wage, promote health care reform, and solve water issues. He also created the Revolving Economic Development and Initiative Fund. Mickelson was killed in a plane crash during his second gubernatorial term.


Governors' Portraits of South Dakota

South Dakota State Historical Society

Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories, National Governors Association, 1993.

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