Growing up on a family farm north of Avon in Bon Homme and Charles Mix Counties, we raised beef cattle, hogs, and milked cows. Working the farm alongside my family helped me develop a strong work ethic along with a deep respect for the land we farmed. After graduating from Avon High School in 1978, I attended SDSU and later graduated from Dakota State University in 1984. With a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, I started my teaching career at Marty Indian School and taught high school Biology and Chemistry. In 1987, I was hired by the Sioux Falls Fire Department. I completed my 29th year of service with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue on April 20, 2016, having achieved the rank of Battalion Chief. In addition to teaching and firefighting, I raised cow/calf pairs on the family farm, worked as a tender for a bricklayer, an assistant to a land surveyor, and an officer in the Sioux Falls Firefighters Association, serving 13 years as Vice-President.

Along the way, I married my wife, Jeanne, and we had three children. Talon is an attorney in San Diego, Kyle is a software engineer in San Francisco, and Katlyn is in her final year at the University of Nebraska, majoring in English and Secondary Education. When she completes her studies, she will be a 4th generation teacher.

With an avid interest in ancestry, I found that my family has resided in South Dakota for six generations. Historically, my family tree traces the Powers’ family line in America back nine generations, beginning in Virginia in the mid-18th century. Certain records indicate that my family first arrived in America in the mid-17th century. I hope that someday we will be able to find the connection between the two lines. Other interests of mine include hunting, walking, bicycling, and reading; usually historical, political, or science fiction. 

I have always been interested in politics, but had not considered running for office until now. I, like many, am frustrated with the obstruction and partisan politics that have become the norm in our state’s government. To quote President Theodore Roosevelt, "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."  I decided to run for State Senate in District 10 because I think I can make a difference. I will bring integrity, dependability, and trust to the State Senate.