GSG Strategies First and foremost, we deliver results. Pierre, South Dakota

GSG Strategies

First and foremost, we deliver results.

Pierre, South Dakota

Services

We provide an array of services including government relations, grassroots & issue advocacy, and campaign solutions.

  • Grassroots & Issue Advocacy

  • Government Affairs

  • Campaign Solutions

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Story

“GSG Strategies was started in 2012 by three friends who’ve been in dozens of political and policy fights over the last two decades. Bob Gray is a twenty year veteran of South Dakota politics and state government. Rob Skjonsberg combines fifteen years of experience in the private sector with his work in the highest levels of South Dakota government. Jason Glodt has served as a lawyer, lobbyist, and advisor for Governors Rounds and Daugaard, and is widely known as the best political grassroots operative in South Dakota.

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Services

Grassroots & Issue Advocacy

Raising public awareness for your issue may seem like a daunting task. We'll help you develop the right message, build public support, and advocate your message to the right people. Our relationships with elected officials and opinion leaders throughout South Dakota will help make sure your message is heard loud and clear.

We've been involved in a lot of big issues. We know the opinion leaders. And more importantly, we know how to build grassroots and grasstops support for your issue.

  • Message development

  • Media placement

  • Grassroots & grasstops engagement

  • Coalition development

Government Affairs

We know state government. We've been there. Our experience includes 8 years in the South Dakota Senate, twenty years combined experience in the Governor's and Attorney General's offices, and over a dozen years as public & private lobbyists.

When it comes to government affairs, relationships are vital. Our relationships with key administration officials and legislators are deep and strong. But knowing the right people isn't the only thing you need. You'll need the right message and the right strategy to promote your business, industry, or issue. Let us help you develop that strategy, build coalitions of support, and execute a plan that will deliver results.

Campaign Solutions

GSG Strategies has a proven record of running successful campaigns. In fact, no group in South Dakota has more experience running political campaigns and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts. The partners have played integral roles in electing Governor Rounds and Governor Daugaard, constitutional officers and dozens of legislators. We know campaigns. Whether you need a comprehensive strategy and plan, complete campaign management, or more specialized work on your political or issue campaign, we offer the solutions you need.

GSG Strategies has worked with dozens of statewide, legislative, and local candidates over the last twenty years in South Dakota. Our services include:

  • General strategy and planning

  • Campaign management

  • Fundraising

  • Direct voter contact programs

  • Grassroots development & organization

  • Campaign finance compliance (state and federal)

Story

Bob Gray

Bob Gray

Bob Gray is an 18 year veteran of South Dakota politics and state government. He has extensive experience in fundraising, organization building, strategy development, and campaign management for candidates and political parties.

Bob was elected to the South Dakota Senate in 2004 and served for eight years until being term limited in 2012. He was elected by his colleagues in the Senate to serve as President Pro Tempore for six years. As a State Senator, he served on the State Affairs and Education Committees and as Chairman of the Legislative Procedures Committee. He also served eight years on the Legislature’s Executive Board. During his time in the Legislature, Bob worked on dozens of major policy initiatives, and was especially interested in economic development and education policy.

Bob served as Chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party in 2009 and 2010, when the party won every statewide election as well as super majorities in the State House and Senate. From 1994 to 2002, Bob worked as an advisor and spokesperson for Attorney General Mark Barnett.

Bob is also an owner and partner in Reinke Gray Wealth Management, a Pierre investment firm. He has been involved in a number of local and statewide activities, including serving as President of the Capital Area Counseling Service Board of Directors and as a board member of the University of South Dakota Alumni Association, the Capital University Center Foundation, and the Pierre Economic Development Corporation.

He is a native of Piedmont and a graduate of the University of South Dakota. Bob and his wife Cara reside in Pierre with their three children, Adisyn, Nicholas, and Ava.

Rob Skjonsberg

Rob Skjonsberg

Rob Skjonsberg was a founding partner of GSG Strategies. Rob is now working as Chief of Staff to United States Senator Mike Rounds.


Jason Glodt

Jason Glodt

Jason Glodt has served as a Senior Policy Advisor, lobbyist, and lawyer for Governors Rounds and Daugaard. His areas of expertise include agriculture, energy, transportation, and environmental regulation. Before working in the Office of the Governor, he worked as an Assistant Attorney General where he won a dozen Supreme Court cases, gained experience in litigation, and served as the director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Jason has been organizing grassroots politics for almost twenty years and there is nobody in the state who has worked on more campaigns. Jason served as the Chairman of the Black Hills State University College Republicans and State Chairman of the South Dakota College Republicans. He was the Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party from 2003 to 2004 and played an integral role in US Senator John Thune's victory over Tom Daschle. Jason also worked as the Political Director for the 2006 Rounds gubernatorial campaign, the South Dakota Republican Party during the 2008 election cycle, and the 2010 Daugaard gubernatorial campaign where he managed successful grassroots organizations and Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.

In 1995 Governor Bill Janklow appointed Jason to serve as the student member of the South Dakota Board of Regents and re-appointed him in 1996. Jason was elected as a Pierre City Commissioner in 2003, winning almost 50 percent of the vote in a five-way race despite having lived in Pierre for only three years. He was re-elected to the Commission in 2006. Jason is an Eagle Scout and was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans in 2004. He volunteers with several community service groups and is a past president of the Pierre Exchange Club and Masonic Lodge.

Jason grew up in Wessington Springs before moving to Spearfish where he graduated high school. He went on to earn a B.S. degree in Political Science from Black Hills State University before earning his Juris Doctorate degree in Law from The University of South Dakota.

Jason and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Carson and Allison.

News

Behind the scenes: Jason Glodt has helped manage more than 200 SD campaigns

12.13.12

At the press conference where former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds announced his intent to run for U.S. Senate, Jason Glodt was right where he wanted to be – in the background.
That’s where he’s done his work for almost two decades, managing or helping with more than 200 South Dakota political campaigns in the process.

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No longer so young, still politically active

9.26.12

Yes, we’re talking about state Sen. Bob Gray, the past South Dakota Republican Party chairman; and Lucas Lentsch, the past South Dakota Republican Party executive director; and Rob Skjonsberg, one of three chiefs of staff for past Gov. Mike Rounds; and Jason Glodt, who recently resigned from Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration.

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Pieces for Rounds Candidacy being Assembled

9.24.12

Word comes that Jason Glodt, a senior policy adviser to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, is leaving the governor’s staff to practice law and start a public relations firm.

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