Ann Tornberg Announces Candidacy for District 16 SD State Senate

Posted July 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

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Ann Tornberg, of rural Beresford, has announced her candidacy for the State Senate representing District 16. Ann is a retired teacher, family farm owner, and legislative aide who served in Pierre during the last two legislative sessions.

Tornberg has been a District 16 resident since she moved to Beresford in 1970 at the age of 15. She is a graduate of Beresford High School in 1974, Augustana College in 1977, and completed her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and Speech Communication at USD in 1984. She is currently a retired teacher after 31 years in the field.

Ann Tornberg spent 23 years at Beresford High School from 1977-2000 teaching English, speech and debate and then taught at Lincoln H.S. until 2005. During these years, Mrs. Tornberg coached over 400 students in speech and debate and won numerous coaching and professional awards. From 2005-2008, she left the classroom on full-time release when she was elected President of the Sioux Falls Education Association, the largest local teachers association in South Dakota. As President of SFEA, she worked with many state legislators from both parties on education issues.

Ann’s husband of 37 years, Mike Tornberg, is a third generation dairy and grain farmer south of Beresford. Ann is a strong advocate promoting agriculture through groups like the SD Farmers Union, AgUnited, and the SD Dairy Association. She served as a Lincoln County 4-H Leader for over 15 years.

Ann ran for the State House in 2012, narrowly lost, and was then asked to work in Pierre in a different capacity. She served as a Legislative Aide in 2013 and Minority House Secretary in 2014. Ann states: “My duties included summarizing the work of the Appropriations Committee, researching legislation on a wide variety of topics, doing press releases, organizing the daily Caucus meeting, supervising the college interns, and a wide variety of assignments which increased my knowledge of state government and my ability to be an effective Senator for District 16.”

Mike and Ann have two daughters, both married, and five grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Dr. Marie Moeller, is a family physician in northwest Iowa and their youngest daughter, Michelle Andrews, is a 4th grade teacher at Beresford Elementary. Ann is actively involved at Emmanuel Lutheran of Beresford where she serves as Treasurer and sits on the Church Council. Tornberg believes her faith strongly influences her political beliefs. She explains, “I am pro-life and pro-child. To me that means, not just fighting to help children enter the world, but standing up for education, health care, and the programs which help children and families in need.”

District 16 is comprised of all voters in Union County and those in the southern half of Lincoln County.

For further information, and/or to find out how you may assist with the campaign please call Ann Tornberg (605) 957-4411; visit her Facebook page “Ann Tornberg for District 16 South Dakota State Senate” or her campaign website; or send email to

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