Mark Miller

Mark Miller

Chief of Staff, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Constitution • Criminal Law & Procedure • Environmental Law & Property Rights • Federalism & Separation of Powers • State Governments • Politics

Mark Miller serves as Chief of Staff to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and is a member of the Governor's executive team. Mark originally joined Governor Noem's team as her General Counsel in 2020 before taking on his current role in 2021.

As Chief of Staff, Mark ensures operations, policy, legal, communications, and the staff live up to the conservative, free-market principles that led the people of South Dakota to twice elect Governor Noem to lead the state. Further, Mark recently served as the Chair of the Department of Education’s Social Studies Standards Commission. There he worked with his fellow commissioners to successfully revise standards that were recognized by a non-partisan group of national education experts as "standards that will put South Dakota at the forefront of what we know to work for children."

Mark attended college and law school at the University of Florida, earning both diplomas with honors. He elbow clerked for U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., and Florida state appellate court judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. Before joining the Governor's Office, he served as a senior attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors for Americans United for Life. He has dedicated much of his career to giving back to his community, volunteering to serve on the boards of directors for a number of charities, including non-profits dedicated to providing legal aid to the poor.

Mark has participated in a number of Fed Soc debates on law school campuses over the years, debating criminal justice reform, property rights, environmental law, free speech, and abortion.

Mark lives in Pierre; he and his wife Mindy, a University of Notre Dame graduate and catholic school principal, have four children.


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