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Secretary Biography

James D. Hagen

Jim Hagen serves as the Secretary of Tourism for Governor Dennis Daugaard.

Before joining the Daugaard Administration, Jim worked as National Campaign Director and Public Relations Director for the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. Jim also served from 2004-2006 in the Rounds Administration as Secretary of Tourism and State Development, overseeing the Division of Tourism as well as divisions dealing with economic development, arts, history and tribal relations.

During Gov. Bill Janklowís Administration from 1995-2002, he served at various times as Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Special Advisor to the Governor. In those roles, Hagen served as the Governorís day-to-day liaison with the Department of Tourism.

Jim grew up in northeast corner of South Dakota at the base of the Coteau Des Prairies near Sisseton. He is a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a BA in Political Science.

Jimís interests include reading, outdoor activities, physical fitness, film, music, pop culture and all things to do with his beloved USC Trojans.

James D. Hagen
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