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U.S. Sen. Johnson to speak at 168th Mines commencement ceremony
Release Date Monday, December 2, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 2, 2013) – United States Sen. Tim Johnson will deliver the address at the 168th commencement ceremony of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre. Approximately 150 Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees will be awarded.

Sen. Johnson attended the University of South Dakota where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees. He began his political career in the South Dakota Legislature in 1978, serving four years in the House of Representatives followed by four years in the Senate. He was elected to his first of five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. In 1996, he was elected to his first term in the U.S. Senate and has been re-elected twice. 


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