Leader Spotlight

Rave.TimSenator Tim Rave (Young Leader 2007)

Republican Majority Leader, South Dakota State Senate

What do you like most about Switzerland?
I enjoyed the warm and welcoming culture. I truly look forward to visting again so my whole family can experience this wonderful and unique country.

What do you like most about the USA? 
I like to believe it is still a place where if you work hard, opportunity to succeed will find you.

What defines your leadership style?
Open, and I look to find people who will be on my team that help fill in the gaps where I am weak.

Who inspires you? 
Abraham Lincoln. He was a true example of a humble public servant.

What is your greatest achievement?
Being a good father and husband first, then serving both as the Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House. Both of those titles require those who work closest with you to put their faith in you to lead and represent them. Truly humbling.

Do you have any weaknesses? 
Many, but I think knowing you have them gives you an opportunity to fix them - or better yet, to avoid making mistakes in the first place.

Where do you live?
Near a small community in Southeastern South Dakota.

What is your favorite place in the world?
The Big Horn Mountains in Northern Wyoming in the United States. It is where we (my son, my father, and good friends) go snowmobiling. It is a great opportunity for refreshing and bonding with family and friends.

What is the best book you ever read?
The Eloquent President - It is a book with every speech Abraham Lincoln ever wrote.

What is your goal in life? 
To leave a legacy that showed I worked hard, and that hard work creates opportunities for us to be successful.



About Tim Rave

Senator Rave is currently serving in his sixth term as a South Dakota State Legislator and is the Majority Leader in the South Dakota State Senate.  During his service in the Legislature, Tim has served as Speaker of the House of Representatives; Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives;  a Majority Whip in both the House and the Senate; and Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota State Senate.  Senator Rave has been the prime sponsor of many pieces of legislation, including the recently enacted scholarship program for high needs teaching areas and ensuring that quality improvement measures are tracked by all advanced life support ambulances in the State of South Dakota.  Senator Rave is Vice Chairman for the State Affairs committee and the Senate Education committee. 

When not serving the citizens of the State of South Dakota, Tim is employed by Rural/Metro Ambulance in Sioux Falls, where he has been the Operations Manager for the past ten years.  Senator Rave has been a paramedic for the past 22 years and has also worked as a flight paramedic working on both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.  

Tim and his wife Lisa live near Baltic with their two children, Thea and Mitchell and when he is not in Pierre or working, he enjoys riding motorcycles with his family and waterskiing. 

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