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Tad Perry
2312 Whispering Shores Drive
Fort Pierre, SD 57532

Tad Perry grew up in a rural community in Missouri, close to the Missouri River. Years later, Tad returned to those Missouri River roots, this time in South Dakota, as he culminated a professional career in education by working, living, and retiring in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area.

In Missouri, Tad’s family was involved in education, so perhaps it was natural that his life’s work also took that direction. He began his working career at the age of 12, as a special delivery mail boy for the U.S. Post Office, and later worked as a hospital orderly in college. These early experiences taught him to work hard and be effective on the job.

Tad graduated from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., and went on to receive graduate degrees in political science from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He worked as a university faculty member and administrator for 43 years, first at Indiana’s Ball State University and then as the chief executive officer for the South Dakota public university system, one of only 50 such jobs in the country.

In 2009, as he retired from service to the South Dakota Board of Regents, the six public universities in this state were serving a record number of students, setting new records for research awards and expenditures, and achieving record-breaking levels of fundraising that approached $500 million.

Tad has a 33-year record of service as an effective advocate in state government, and spent 15 years working in the South Dakota legislative process before his election to the state House of Representatives in November 2010, representing District 24 and central South Dakota. In his first term, Rep. Perry was appointed to serve on the education, taxation, and retirement laws committees. He was also chosen alternate commissioner for the House of Representatives to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
Tad’s priority as a public servant is to create new opportunities to keep our young people in South Dakota. To achieve that goal, he seeks to shape current and long-term public policy issues to build a future workforce and the state’s economy, while providing the resources and services required to meet citizens’ needs.

Tad believes government should be limited to the essential and necessary. He believes South Dakota must create quality jobs and a quality of life for today’s workers, our children, and our grandchildren. Above all, he believes education is the key to our future.

Tad has served on the boards of South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Capital University Center, Pierre. He is a member of the Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church of Pierre. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Fort Pierre. They have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Contact Tad


Ph: 605.222.7437

2312 Whispering Shores Dr.

Fort Pierre, SD 57532


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