The South Dakota Corn Growers Association (SDCGA) presented South Dakota Speaker of the House Tim Rave a Legislative Appreciation Award at their 24th Annual Meeting Jan. 9 in Sioux Falls. The recognition is given annually to a visionary legislator who is passionate about leading our state to the next level.
Rave is an agriculture advocate who has been willing to offer support for the industry in our state. Whether it’s in committee or on the floor, Rave is highly effective in delivering results.
He has been responsible for passing several pieces of legislation and is known for his effectiveness in gathering support and building alliances. When a leader of his caliber introduces legislation, people listen. He has earned a high rate of success in passing bills and he is visionary in creating real solutions.
A fourth term Republican he was originally elected in 2002, representing District 25 including the counties of Hanson, McCook and Minnehaha. In his short time in the Legislature, Rave has moved quickly into leadership roles and is currently Speaker of the House.
One of the biggest pieces of legislation which took place in the 2009 Session during which Rave first served as Speaker was the property tax bill and Rave’s leadership was evident as the bill moved through the House. Speaker Rave will play an instrumental role overseeing the implementation of that bill.
“Perhaps one of the greatest compliments we could offer is how this legislator conducts himself, and his leadership style is fair and non-partisan,” said Bill Chase, president of the SDCGA.
When not serving the citizens of South Dakota as Speaker of the House, he is Operations Manager of Rural/Metro Ambulance in Sioux Falls, SD.
He has also worked as both a paramedic and helicopter flight paramedic for the past for the past 15 years. Rave and his wife, Lisa, live near Sioux Falls with their two children, Thea and Mitchell.