Matt McGovern is well aware of the legacy and impact his last name carries. But that’s not why it’s his last name, he said.
McGovern, the state director of Repower South Dakota, was born in 1972 as Matthew McGovern-Rowen. It was the year his grandfather, longtime South Dakota representative and senator George McGovern, was the Democratic nominee for president.
For Matt McGovern, his campaign for what he terms “clean energy” goes back to a girl growing up in Woonsocket more than 75 years ago.
That girl appreciated the glory of a South Dakota sky and its pristine environment and passed that along to her children and grandkids, he said. That girl became better known as Eleanor McGovern, the wife of former Sen. George McGovern and Matt McGovern’s grandmother.
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