PIERRE, S.D. — Republican incumbents Dusty Johnson and Mike Rounds each are seeking a second term representing South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, respectively.
Johnson is being challenged by Libertarian Randy "Uriah" Luallin in the U.S. House of Representatives race for South Dakota's lone seat.
Johnson, of Mitchell, said he's been able to work across party lines to pass legislation during his first term as a congressman. He said he'll continue to be one of South Dakota's and rural America's biggest advocates in Washington, D.C.
"If you asked the other freshmen in Congress who they thought stood up for rural agricultural issues and advocated for those issues the most, I'm pretty proud to say most would say Dusty Johnson," Johnson said during a phone interview with Forum News Service.
Johnson said he will continue to push for legislation that would give livestock producers a fair shake in the meat supply chain as well as continue to support farmers who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Johnson recently cosponsored a bill that would establish the “Food and Agriculture Emergency Response and Resiliency Program,” which he says would allow eligible entities to respond to issues in agriculture economy and food supply chain affected by the coronavirus pandemic and related food system threats.
Johnson has sponsored legislation that would provide schools with protective equipment and supplies to prevent infection from spreading within the classroom.
"I'll continue to push and ensure that schools get the funding they need to provide an education and keep both teachers and students safe," Johnson said.
Rounds, of Fort Pierre, is being challenged by Democrat Dan Ahlers in the state's U.S. Senate race.
Taking the necessary precautions to avoid COVID-19 has also been a priority for Rounds, whose wife is undergoing cancer treatment and, as a result, has a compromised immune system.
Rounds has a history of sponsoring legislation related to weapons and defense.
The former South Dakota governor serves as the chairman of the Cybersecurity Subcommittee within the Armed Services Committee and "facilitated joint partnerships with cyber, national defense and science with South Dakota resources like Dakota State University, Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Sanford Underground Lab," according to his campaign website.
Rounds' campaign team did not respond to multiple requests for interview with Forum News Service.
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