My children are at the heart of all my decisions. This includes why I am running run for the House of Representatives for District 17. I want them to enjoy the same opportunities I was afforded. We are fortunate in South Dakota to enjoy the freedoms and liberties that come from limited government. I will work tirelessly to ensure these rights are protected and government stays close to the people. Keeping opportunities for education, housing, and economic development readily available for future generations of South Dakotans. My professional success has come from taking a practical, common-sense approach. I will bring this approach to the issues and challenges facing our state. I would ask for your vote to provide District 17 a strong, common-sense voice in Pierre.

About Chris

Chris Kassin is currently the Vice President, External Relations at the University of South Dakota Foundation. In this role, Chris works with different stakeholder groups across the state, region, and country to secure resources that improve the student experience and make education more affordable. Chris is also the owner of a small business along with his wife, Katie.

Chris was formerly the Vice President of Strategy and Athletic Director at Mount Marty University in Yankton and also served as a men’s basketball assistant coach at the University of South Dakota.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Dakota. Chris played on the men’s basketball team while at USD.

Chris spent time as child living in several different communities, both large and small, across the country before finding a home in southeast South Dakota. Chris and Katie reside in Vermillion, SD with their two children, Collins (8) and Kellen (5). Chris and Katie work tirelessly to bring awareness and raise funds in search of a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic illness which Collins was born with.

The Issues

  • Fiscal Conservative
  • Healthcare
    • Accessible health care for all citizens including those in the most rural areas
    • Increased focus on mental health
  • Local Control
    • Keeping the government close to the people
    • Not unduly burdening citizens
  • Education
    • Quality and affordable education for all students (preK-12 and higher education)
    • Technology and resources to provide for the future workforce
  • Pro-Business
    • Creating environments where businesses thrive
    • Keeping regulations at a minimum
    • Investing in economic development in our communities
    • Emphasis on workforce housing
  • 2nd Amendment
  • Pro-Life

Voter Information

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District 17