Jared Nieuwenhuis

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 25

Spotlight Candidate

Jared will be the first openly gay person elected to the South Dakota state legislature


Jared Ellefson has lived in South Dakota his entire life, he grew up on a farm South East of Flandreau and helped to plant, grow, and harvest corn, beans, and the occasional wheat.  

After graduating college from South Dakota State University Jared returned home to help his family farm. It wasn’t long after moving back that Jared began his own business named East Prairie Laboratories. With the help of his Alma Mater he was able to set up a fully functional laboratory for the direct purpose of helping local farmers increase their yields through chemistry and agronomy. He then worked to expand his business to help farmers in every aspect of their production. 

After a year Jared had 5 employees and a growing business. Since then he has gotten married to Dr. Jesse Nieuwenhuis and made a home in Dell Rapids where he has two golden retrievers Bella and Bumbles and an orange cat named Gunther. 

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