Steve Barnett (politician)

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Steve Barnett
Secretary of State of South Dakota
Assumed office
January 5, 2019
GovernorKristi Noem
Preceded byShantel Krebs
Auditor of South Dakota
In office
January 8, 2011 – January 5, 2019
GovernorDennis Daugaard
Preceded byRich Sattgast
Succeeded byRich Sattgast
Personal details
BornAberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of South Dakota (BA)
University of Sioux Falls (MBA)

Steve Barnett is an American Republican politician who serves as the Secretary of State of South Dakota. He previously served as state auditor of South Dakota.


Barnett graduated from Roncalli High School in Aberdeen, South Dakota, from where he is a native. He is the grandson of Joseph H. Barnett, who served as Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives in 1975 and 1976.

Barnett graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota and with a master's degree from the University of Sioux Falls.[1][2] He served as a Constituent Services Representative for Senator John Thune from 2005 until 2010.[3]

Barnett was first elected auditor in 2010, defeating Democratic state senator Julie Bartling with 61% of the vote.[4] He was reelected in 2014, defeating Libertarian Kurt Evans with 80% of the vote.[5]

Barnett was elected Secretary of State of South Dakota in 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Barnett and his wife, Nicole, have 3 children: Emma, Henry, and William.[3]


  1. ^ "State Auditor". South Dakota Republican Party. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Legislator Historical Listing. South Dakota Legislative Research Council.
  3. ^ a b "Steve Barnett's Biography". Project VoteSmart. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "South Dakota Election 2010". The New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Election Results: Statewide Races". South Dakota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 5, 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rich Sattgast
Auditor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Rich Sattgast
Preceded by
Shantel Krebs
Secretary of State of South Dakota