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District 20 Rep. Lance Carson, R-Mitchell, listens to Rep. Ed McLaughlin, R-Rapid City, during the 2008 legislative session in Pierre. (Daily Republic file photo)

Lance Carson: A quiet legislative leader

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Lance Carson stepped into South Dakota's Capitol building for the first time as a legislator in 2007.

It's still a vivid memory, Carson said in a recent interview with The Daily Republic, and one marked by a feeling of being completely overwhelmed.


"I walked in the back door and I thought, 'What the heck did I get myself into?'" Carson said. "There was so much I didn't know."

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