Richard Sattgast


Richard Sattgast has served as South Dakota’s state auditor since 2019 and is next up for reelection in 2026 if he decides to run for a third term.  He previously held the same position from 2003–11 before shifting office to serve as state treasurer from 2011–19.

Prior to running for public office, Sattgast served in the military for 20 years, and shortly after returning home from duty in Desert Storm, he volunteered to help President Bush win reelection in 1992. He also worked in an unelected position in the secretary of state’s office and was involved in the South Dakota state legislature as both a legislative intern and a lobbyist intern.

Sattgast holds a BS in Political Science from South Dakota’s Black Hills State University and an MPA in Public Affairs, Political and Governmental Processes from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas.


  • Signed State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) organized resolution supporting Israel’s genocide in Gaza and committing to invest in SFOF bronze-sponsor Israel Bonds despite “Moodys and Standard and Poors (S&P) have[ing] recently downgraded Israel’s credit score, citing a negative outlook on Israel’s economy (5/14/24)
  • Signed an SFOF letter urging President Biden to withdraw his nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin as vice chair for supervision at the Federal Reserve for her “radical banking and economic views” that would “disrupt the private banking sector, reliable energy supplies, and the U.S. economy” (1/31/21)

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Contact Information

Office of the State Auditor
500 E Capitol Avenue, Suite 209
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3341

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