About Ryan

Ryan Brunner, SD Commissioner of School and Public Lands

Ryan grew up on a family farm/feedlot operation in Nisland, SD and graduated from Newell High School. He received his B.S. in agricultural economics from SDSU in 2007. While he was a student, he also served as the students’ association president and was elected to the Brookings City Council. After graduating, Ryan worked for the Brookings Economic Development Corporation before being appointed the Deputy Commissioner of School and Public Lands under former Commissioners Jarrod Johnson and Vern Larson. In November, 2014, Ryan was elected as South Dakota's 27th Commissioner of School and Public Lands. Ryan now lives in Pierre with his wife Whitney, their son Callum (5),  daughter Lilah (3), and new baby Reagan.


Ryan is running for election again in 2018 to continue managing state owned lands for the benefit of our state school children. The last six years the School and Public Lands payout to K-12 Education has gone up nearly 63%! Ryan has the experience to make sure this trend of financial success continues for our kids.


Please support and vote for Ryan Brunner, the Republican candidate for School and Public Lands, on November 6th!