Today, Governor Kristi Noem ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, December 10, in honor of former state Representative Debra Anderson. She served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1977-1989 and was the first (and only) female to serve as Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives.
“I got to know Deb and her husband, John, well over the years. She broke a glass ceiling for women in our state,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “She had a true servant’s heart, and she also served in President George H.W. Bush’s administration. She will be missed, and our prayers are with her family.”
Funeral services for former Rep. Anderson will take place on Saturday, December 10, at the Farina United Methodist Church in Farina, IL.