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Gov. Daugaard’s portrait unveiled in Capitol

South Dakota Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard with first lady Linda Daugaard and their three children at the unveiling of the governor's portrait Dec. 4. Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service

PIERRE, S.D. -- The portrait of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard was unveiled in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The unveiling was held in front of a modest audience in the building’s east wing soon after Daugaard delivered is final gubernatorial budget address.

The portrait, painted by Connecticut artist Susan Brooke Durkee, pays tribute to Daugaard’s efforts to improve the infrastructural integrity of South Dakota, Daugaard’s Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen said. The portrait shows Daugaard in front of the cornerstone of the Capitol, and “puts emphasis on a strong foundation for South Dakota,” Daugaard said.

Durkee visited South Dakota in April to look at the other governor portraits, as well as take the photo that would serve as the model for the portrait.

Daugaard has been South Dakota governor since 2011. He leaves office in January after serving two terms in office.