Walter Dale Miller
|29th Governor of South Dakota|
April 19, 1993 – January 7, 1995
|Lieutenant||Steve T. Kirby|
|Preceded by||George S. Mickelson|
|Succeeded by||Bill Janklow|
|34th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
January 6, 1987 – April 19, 1993
|Governor||George S. Mickelson|
|Preceded by||Lowell C. Hansen II|
|Succeeded by||Steve T. Kirby|
|Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives|
January 1967 – January 6, 1987
|Born||October 5, 1925|
Viewfield, South Dakota
|Died||September 28, 2015 (aged 89)|
Walter Dale "Walt" Miller (October 5, 1925 – September 28, 2015) was an American politician with the Republican Party. He served as the 29th Governor of South Dakota from 1993 to 1995, having assumed the office upon the death of George S. Mickelson. He was, at age 67 upon taking office, the oldest person to serve as the Governor of South Dakota.
Miller was born in 1925 in the unincorporated community of Viewfield in Meade County, South Dakota near his family ranch, where he lived and worked throughout his life. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology but did not graduate. In addition to ranching, Miller was the president of the Dakota National Life Insurance Company from 1970 to 1985.
From 1967 to 1986, Miller served in the South Dakota House of Representatives. From 1975 to 1978, and again in 1986, he served as House Majority Leader. Miller was Speaker of the House in 1981 and 1982. During his legislative tenure, he also served as Speaker Pro Tempore, Assistant Majority Leader, and Majority Whip.
Miller served as the 34th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota and its first full-time lieutenant governor from 1987 until Governor George S. Mickelson's death on April 19, 1993, when he assumed the governorship.
After leaving office, Miller continued to ranch north of New Underwood, on the boundary between Meade and Pennington counties, and resided part-time in Fort Pierre, where he was involved in various lobbying and ranching activities.
In 1943, he married Mary Randall, with whom he had four children: Nancy, Karey, Randy and Renee. Mary died in 1989. In 1993, Miller married Patricia Caldwell, becoming the first governor of South Dakota to marry while in office. He had two stepchildren, Cade and Rebecca. Patricia Caldwell Miller ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for state auditor in 2010. She served as deputy secretary of state, and unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for secretary of state in 2014.
George S. Mickelson
| Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives
Jerome B. Lammers
Lowell C. Hansen II
| Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Steve T. Kirby
George S. Mickelson
| Governor of South Dakota
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