Stephanie H Sandlin

Born:December 3, 1970 (age 53)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2004-2011
Education:B.A., Georgetown University
J.D., Georgetown University Law School

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin represented South Dakota's at-large congressional district from 2004 until 2011. She was the first woman elected to serve as a U.S. representative from South Dakota.

Sandlin was born on December 3, 1970, near Houghton, South Dakota. She graduated from Groton High School in Groton, South Dakota, and then completed a Bachelor of Arts at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1993. In 1997, Sandlin completed her Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University Law School. Following college graduation, Sandlin worked as a law clerk to Judge Charles B. Kornmann, of the United States District Court for South Dakota, and Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Prior to her time in Congress, Sandlin worked in private practice as an attorney. She also sat on the board of directors of First Bank and Trust of Brookings, South Dakota, and served as the executive director of the South Dakota Farmer's Union Foundation. In 2017 Sandlin was named as President of Augustana University by the University's Board of Trustees - she is the first woman to serve as the University's president.

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