South Dakota State Senator Is President-Elect of NCSL

8/11/2016

NCSL NewsSenator Deb Peters Will Become President at 2017 Legislative Summit 

Chicago—South Dakota Senator Deb Peters (R) has become the president-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization serving the nation’s 7,383 state lawmakers and more than 20,000 legislative staff.

Peters, a Republican, will become NCSL’s president next year at the 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston, succeeding Iowa Senator Mike Gronstal (D).  NCSL alternates leadership between the two parties each year. Over the past year, Peters has served as NCSL’s vice president.

“Having been an active member in NCSL, I look forward to this year, working as president-elect of an organization that values states’ issues as much as I do,” said Peters. “NCSL is a place for bipartisan dialogue and a source of state power, which has been exemplified at this years’ Summit.”

Peters has been representing District 9 in the South Dakota Senate since 2011. In the preceding years, she served consecutively in the South Dakota House of Representatives beginning in 2005.

During her time as a senator, she has focused on health and safety issues as well as e-fairness, becoming the Appropriations Chair and a member on the Government Operations and Audit Committee. Peters most recently worked on the Main Street Fairness Act and the Remote Transactions Parity Act to limit burdens on retailers and encourage remote sellers to collect taxes, leveling the playing field. While involved with NCSL, Peters has been especially active in the Executive Committee's Task Force on State and Local Taxation.

Peters lives in Hartford, S.D., with her husband Chris and two sons, Derick and Braden.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.