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Governor Advisor to Retire

A long-time public servant will finish her tenure in state government in March of next year.  Senior Advisor to the Governor Deb Bowman who has served in numerous capacities will retire next year according to Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Bowman, who also serves as a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee, will retire following the 2014 Legislative Session on March 21, 2014.   In a press release Daugaard praised Bowman for her dedication to the State of South Dakota.

“Deb Bowman has spent her career in public service as an advocate for those without a voice in the halls of government – people with disabilities, children and the poor,” said Gov. Daugaard. “She has worked at high levels in the administrations of five governors, and has been invaluable to me as an advisor and a friend. Deb never backed away from tough issues, and we will never replace her knowledge, work ethic, passion and compassion.”

Deb Bowman
(Courtesy State of South Dakota)

Before joining state government, Bowman spent nearly 15 years as CEO of ECCO, Inc., a community support provider in Madison. Bowman joined the administration of Gov. George S. Mickelson in 1991 as director of developmental disabilities, and remained in that role during the administration of Gov. Walter Dale Miller. In 1996, Bowman joined the office of Gov. Bill Janklow as a special assistant to the governor, and following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she became South Dakota’s first director of homeland security. Bowman remained in the Governor’s Office as a senior policy advisor to Gov. Mike Rounds until 2005, when he appointed her as Secretary of the Department of Social Services. In 2011, Bowman left DSS to join Gov. Daugaard’s executive team as his senior advisor.  One of her roles this past summer was to lead the Medicaid Opportunities and Challenges Task Force which brought together a host of legislators and members of the health care field to determine whether the state should expand Medicaid.


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