Our Legislative Team

With headquarters across the street from the South Dakota Capitol, the South Dakota Retailers Association keeps a close eye on legislative and regulatory affairs on behalf of our members, both during the Legislative Session (January through March), and throughout the year.

SDRA has a team of experienced staff members watching out for retail interests at the Capitol:

Shawn Lyons is SDRA’s Executive Director. Shawn has been with the Retailers Association since 2005. He also has previous lobbying experience on behalf of development organizations and county governments.

Jim Hood is a retired attorney from Spearfish, with a long, respected history in the legislative process. Jim served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1983 to 1992, and was Speaker of the House from 1991 to 1992. He has lobbied on behalf of SDRA since 1998.

Bill Van Camp is an attorney from Pierre, with an extensive background working on legal issues that impact retailers. His firm has done lobbying work for SDRA since 1991.

Katie Sieverding is our Government Relations Coordinator. Katie joined in our staff in 2017. With a background in forensic chemistry, Katie has considerable experience testifying in court cases and good analysis skills.

Donna Leslie is SDRA’s Communications Director. She has been monitoring legislative committee and floor action for SDRA, as well as producing the Association’s weekly Legislative Bulletins, since 1988.