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Staff Snapshot | Justin Goetz

  • Hometown: Aberdeen, S.D.
  • Role: Code counsel for the South Dakota Legislative Research Council
  • Years of legislative service: Six

“Every assignment brought by a legislator is a puzzle to solve.”

Justin Goetz South Dakota

Why did you choose to work at the Legislature?

The South Dakota Legislative Research Council is a nonpartisan, nimble and knowledge-driven office that serves a citizen Legislature. With less than 30 staff, each of us needs to have multiple competencies and a broad portfolio. This creates a very dynamic, impactful work environment. I get to learn something new and work on something important every day.

What skill or talent are you most proud of?

A strong work ethic, coupled with unbounded curiosity about our world.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Every assignment brought by a legislator is a puzzle to solve. You will better tolerate this work if viewed in this way. You will enjoy this work if you like solving puzzles. You will succeed in this work if you are efficient in solving them.

Who or what inspires you?

The brilliance of my colleagues “lifts all boats,” along with the humble yet enlightened public servants who have passed on and those who continue to serve.

What’s one thing you love about your state or territory?

The state’s austere natural beauty. We have the best sunsets.

What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?

“Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Viktor Frankl; Sturgill Simpson; NBA Playoffs.

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