Billie Sutton was elected to the South Dakota Senate representing District 26 (now District 21) in 2010 and was successfully re-elected to three more consecutive terms.
In the State Senate, Billie witnessed many of our state’s problems and tackled them head-on. He fought for smarter economic development and better jobs. He fought “top down” corporate welfare that only benefits those who need it the least. He helped create a bipartisan economic development plan that focuses on better jobs, affordable housing, transparency, and education as an investment. He fought for scholarships for low-income families and helped raise teacher pay so that South Dakota no longer trails the nation. He fought to help protect small schools.
Billie fought for and successfully changed the law to limit personal use of campaign money so you don't get rich off being a politician. He fought for a long-over-due state ethics commission, and he fought to limit the influence of money in politics.
Billie served on the Ag Land Assessment Task Force, the Primary Care Task Force, the Blue Ribbon Education Task Force, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Initiative Work Group, the State-Tribal Relations Committee, and the Government Accountability Task Force, among others.
He has been a middle school football coach and President of the Burke Rodeo Club in his hometown.