- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Hartford businessman Wayne Steinhauer to a vacant District 9 seat in the state House.

Steinhauer will succeed Rep. Steve Hickey, who resigned earlier this year to move to Scotland for religious study. He’ll serve the remainder of Hickey’s term, which expires after the 2016 general election.

Steinhauer is the outgoing chairman of the Minnehaha County Planning Commission. He retired last year as chief operations officer of Amesbury, after a 30-year career in business. He also owns and operates the Best Western Hotel in Murdo. He’s been active in many community organizations and is a member of the Murdo Chamber of Commerce.

District 9 encompasses northwestern Minnehaha County, including the Hartford, Humboldt, Crooks and Wall Lake areas, as well as part of Sioux Falls.

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