Dusty Johnson

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks to the media about an overview of public safety plans for Super Bowl week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Feb. 7, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Candice Ward/Getty Images)

SD’s Johnson votes yes as U.S. House Republicans impeach Homeland Security chief

BY: - February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON — In their second attempt in as many weeks, U.S. House Republicans impeached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, marking an inflection point in the growing rift between the GOP and the White House over immigration policy decisions at the southern border. In a 214-213 vote, the House approved two articles […]

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas holds a press conference at a U.S. Border Patrol station on Jan. 8, 2024 in Eagle Pass, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

SD’s Johnson votes yes, but impeachment of Homeland Security secretary fails

BY: - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday night, a stunning defeat for the Republican-led push to impeach a Biden administration Cabinet secretary. All Democrats present and four Republicans voted against the two articles of impeachment. The vote was 214-216. The GOP lawmakers to vote against impeachment were […]

Toby Doeden in a video announcing his formation of an exploratory committee to consider running for the Republican nomination for U.S. House. (YouTube screenshot)

Aberdeen man considers Republican primary challenge to Rep. Dusty Johnson

BY: - January 8, 2024

An Aberdeen businessman says he has formed a committee to consider a run against U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson in the June Republican primary election. The Toby Doeden for Congress Exploratory Committee issued a news release and a YouTube video over the weekend characterizing Doeden as more closely aligned with former President Donald Trump than Johnson. […]

Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds and Rep. Dusty Johnson attend a forum at Dakotafest in Mitchell on Aug. 16, 2023. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

SD delegation has concerns about extension of internet subsidy program

BY: - December 29, 2023

If Congress renews funding for a program that helps low-income people pay their internet bills — a program South Dakota hopes to lean on to connect more homes to broadband in the coming years — it won’t be the result of vigorous advocacy from the state’s congressional delegation. Sen. John Thune, the ranking member of […]

U.S. President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden talks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 13, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

SD Rep. Johnson, House Republicans back formal impeachment inquiry against Biden

BY: - December 13, 2023

The U.S. House voted along party lines Wednesday to officially proceed with an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. The Republican-controlled chamber approved a resolution, 221-212, with Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider not voting, to allow three committees to continue their investigation into whether Biden benefited from his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings. South Dakota Rep. […]

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Chairman Peter Lengkeek, left, and Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Chairman Clyde Estes, right, with U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, in November 2023. (Courtesy of Rep. Johnson's office)

Johnson requests field hearings on tribal law enforcement

BY: - December 4, 2023

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, is asking a congressional subcommittee to conduct field hearings about the lack of adequate law enforcement on Native American reservations. Johnson made the request Monday in a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. “As I speak with leaders from South Dakota’s nine tribes, it […]

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, conducts his inaugural Level Up Youth Conference on Oct. 30, 2023, at Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City. (Seth Tupper/South Dakota Searchlight)

Congressman preaches civility to hundreds of high school students

BY: - October 30, 2023

Members of the other political party aren’t evil, journalists aren’t the enemy, and watching a lot of cable TV news isn’t a good idea. That’s a sampling of comments Monday from U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, who hosted his inaugural Level Up Youth Conference at Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City. Hundreds of […]

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U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, arrives at a House Republican candidates forum where congressmen who were running for speaker of the House presented their platforms in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Oct. 23, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dusty Johnson wrong about Jordan, right about Republicans

BY: - October 26, 2023

Let’s give Rep. Dusty Johnson the benefit of the doubt, and excuse him for delivering a nominating speech for Rep. Jim Jordan during Jordan’s quest to become the speaker of the House. With the way the world is right now, it’s easy to believe that Johnson thought it best to get someone, anyone, elected.  As […]

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota, speaks with students on May 19, 2023, in Sioux Falls. (Joshua Haiar/SD Searchlight)

Johnson says members who ‘love chaos’ could hurt Republicans in shutdown fight

BY: - September 25, 2023

South Dakota’s lone U.S. representative said Monday that a handful of his fellow Republicans with extreme positions could hurt the party’s position in negotiations on a potential government shutdown. Congress does not have a deal yet on a short-term spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown before the new fiscal year begins Sunday. Rep. […]

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson speaks on the House floor in September 2023 about his bill to protect land at the Wounded Knee Massacre site. (Courtesy of Rep. Johnson's office)

U.S. House passes Johnson’s bill to protect Wounded Knee land

BY: - September 20, 2023

The U.S. House approved by voice vote Wednesday a bill that would help protect land at the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota, where an estimated 350 Lakota were killed by U.S. soldiers. The site is within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux […]

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Gov. Kristi Noem greets former President Donald Trump at a rally Sept. 8, 2023, at The Monument in Rapid City. (Seth Tupper/South Dakota Searchlight)

So this is what passes for ‘unity’ in the Trump era

BY: - September 16, 2023

There was a time in 2004 when South Dakota Democrats had plenty to celebrate. This was back in the days before South Dakota politics was awash in red. It was likely even before the days when anyone would characterize states as red or blue. On the national level, there was a short time when South […]

South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation, from left: Sen. John Thune, Rep. Dusty Johnson and Sen. Mike Rounds. (Photos courtesy of Thune/Johnson/Rounds offices; composite by South Dakota Searchlight)

State’s all-Republican congressional delegation will not attend Trump’s SD event

BY: - August 22, 2023

When the South Dakota Republican Party hosts former President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 in Rapid City, the state’s all-Republican congressional delegation will not be there. All three have scheduling conflicts, their offices said. South Dakota’s senators have endorsed South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott in the Republican presidential primary, rather than former President Donald Trump. […]