Sen. Billie Sutton and Rep. Justin Cronin are the 2012 recipients of the Outstanding Legislative Leader Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union. The two legislators were presented awards during the family farm organization’s Legislative Day at the Capitol and were honored during the family farm organization’s 98th annual state convention February 15 at Aberdeen. Each year, South Dakota Farmers Union honors two legislators who have shown exemplary work in the previous legislative session on behalf of the state’s family farmers and ranchers.
Rep. Cronin, a business owner from Gettysburg, represents District 23 which is made up of Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter, Spink and Walworth counties. The second-term Republican is the assistant majority leader in the House for the 2013 session. He is a member of the House Commerce and Energy, Government Operations and Audit and State Affairs committees.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Rep. Cronin on issues that affect the agriculture industry in South Dakota,” S.D. Farmers Union President Doug Sombke said. “He’s an approachable lawmaker that is willing to listen to ideas about how to enhance the lives of his rural constituents.”
Sen. Sutton is a Democrat from Burke. He’s in his second term in the South Dakota Senate serving District 21, which includes Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Gregory and Tripp counties. He currently serves as the assistant minority leader in the Senate and sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Outside of the legislative session he works as a financial consultant and rancher.
“Sen. Sutton is a great advocate for agricultural producers across the state,” Sombke said. “He’s a working rancher and brings a wealth of ag-production knowledge to the Legislature. We look forward to working with him throughout the session on issues important to family farmers and ranchers in South Dakota.”