Meet Representative Drew Dennert


“South Dakota’s youngest and very promising legislator.”

Representative Dennert’s roots run deep in South Dakota. As a life-long resident of South Dakota and the sixth generation of the Dennert family since they first settled here in 1893, Dennert was born on August 28, 1995 to Dana and Nancy Dennert and is the second eldest of five children on the Dennert Ranch.

Now Dennert own’s a portion of the cattle operations at the family ranch, where he continues to work raising Angus, Maine-Anjou and show cattle, as well as helping with the corn, soybean, and other farming operations.

Representative Dennert comes from a family of public service. Dennert is the grandson of former state legislator H. Paul Dennert, who served 20 years; his father, Dana, is the Chair of the Brown-Marshall Soil Conservation District; and his mother Nancy, has been an active citizen lobbyist for home-births since 2010.

Dennert first entered public service at the age of 17, where he served as a page in the State Legislature; by 19, he was a Legislative Aid in Pierre; and has served as the Secretary for the Brown County Republican Party. This is all in addition to his community service volunteering for the Brown County Fair, 4-H, and visiting with our elderly, as well as various other activities.

Now, Representative Dennert is the youngest-ever elected legislator on record in South Dakota, being duly elected on November 8, 2016 at the age of 21, after the age requirement was dropped from 25 to 21 in 1998.

After Representative Dennert’s first session in Pierre, he came home to be married to the love of his life, Ashton Bjur in the summer of 2017. Since, they have purchased their first home together and plan to start a family of their own.