Troy Heinert

Troy Heinert
Minority Leader of the South Dakota Senate
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
Preceded byBillie Sutton
Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 2015
Preceded byLarry Lucas
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
January 2013 – January 2015
Preceded byLarry Lucas
Succeeded byShawn Bordeaux
Personal details
Troy Everett Heinert

July 29, 1972 (age 48)
Spearfish, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gena Heinert
EducationSinte Gleska University (BA)

Troy Heinert (born July 29, 1972) is the minority leader of the South Dakota Senate.

Elected to the Senate in 2014, he was elected in 2015 as Senate assistant minority leader.[1] He was elected minority leader in 2018. He was first elected to the state house in 2012 and served for one term.


Early life and education

Heinert was born in Spearfish, South Dakota.[2] He grew up on a ranch. His father died when he was 12, but he was taken under the wing of a close family friend. He attended local schools, where he graduated with a BS degree in education.[3]


Heinert started work as an elementary school teacher, working also as a wrestling coach.[3]

He first ran for electoral office on the Todd County High School Board, winning a seat and serving for 3 years.[4]

Heinert and his wife in 2007 became owners of Chute 2, a bar and restaurant attached to the Prairie View country club in Mission. Chute 2 was sold and he only works as a rodeo pick-up rider with the Korkow Rodeo family from Pierre, South Dakota, He became close to Jim Korkow, who was friends with his father, especially after his father's death. Korkow has acted as a father to him.[3]

In 2012, Heinert was elected as a Democrat to the South Dakota House of Representatives from District 26A, comprising Todd and Mellette counties.[5]

In 2014, Heinert was elected to the state senate.

He was succeeded in the house from District 26A by Shawn Bordeaux also of Mission.

Personal life

He married Gena and they have two sons and a daughter.[3] They lived in Mission, South Dakota.


  1. ^ Sarah Sunshine Manning, "Sanders Advocates for Tribes, Mother Earth" , Indian Country Today, 23 May 2016, accessed 23 May 2016
  2. ^ "Troy Heinert" , VoteSmart, 2016
  3. ^ a b c d Brett Marshall, "Cowboy, educator, legislator" , Garden City Telegram, 12 June 2015, accessed 23 May 2016
  4. ^ Montgomery, David (20 May 2012). "Candidates seek tribal voice in Pierre" . Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Troy Heinert" , VoteSmart, 2016

External links

South Dakota Senate
Preceded by
Billie Sutton
Minority Leader of the South Dakota Senate

Categories: 1972 births | 21st-century American politicians | Living people | Members of the South Dakota House of Representatives | Native American state legislators in South Dakota | People from Spearfish, South Dakota | People from Mission, South Dakota | South Dakota Democrats | South Dakota state senators | Sioux people

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