Beholden only to you, the people of South Dakota!


My bio

I was born and raised in South Dakota and have lived in Mission (Rosebud Reservation), Rapid City, and currently reside in Sioux Falls.

I attended public and private schools and since graduating have worked in the security/law enforcement and insurance industries and run my own maintenance services business.

My wife Kristin and I have three children, Payley, Piper, and Eliyah. Each one inspires us to be engaged in our community.

My top issues

  1. Citizen legislators: Our founders intended citizens, not political pros, lawyers, lobbyists, or people with gobs of money, to represent the people.
  2. Consolidation and reform of bureaucracies: Must simplify IRS 74,000 pages of code and a socialized medical program that had 2,000+ pages and was passed without members being able to read it first
  3. Continuity of governance: Require all government employees - including elected officials - to be subject to the laws they pass (including health care and retirement/pension provisions)
  4. Constitutional integrity: Return power to the states where citizens have access to their representatives who live with them

My involvement

As a father to a child with a rare life threatening disability, I have spent years advocating to the state legislature on his behalf and the behalf of anyone who would benefit from the use of Medical Cannabis. I have spent years researching the different medical uses of this amazing plant and firmly believe that our government needs to open access to this plant for the sick and disabled.

My son has Medicaid as a supplement to our primary insurance. The role Medicaid plays in our society is crucial in obtaining a quality of life for the poor and disabled. I know we can implement programs, better programs, to help bridge the poor off of welfare and Medicaid that will achieve better long term savings instead of slashing Medicaid's funding by 1 trillion dollars over 10 years. We are better than this; we can do better than this. We are the greatest nation on the planet and we don't have to indiscriminately limit medical coverage for the disabled as our first action in repealing Obamacare.

More top issues:

Congressional War Authority: The United States has been at war in the middle east for more than 17 years. we have been at war in Afghanistan longer than the war of 1812, Spanish American, Civil War, WW1, WW2, Korea, and the Persian Gulf wars combined. we have spent more than 4.79 Trillion Dollars on wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and on Homeland Security(1). However, the largest cost of these wars are the lives of our brave soldiers. We have lost over 7,000 brothers and sisters in Iraq and Afghanistan; that is more than double the amount of the lives we lost on 9/11. More than 50,000 of our brave men and women have been wounded.

This number does not include Veterans with PTSD, which will take more lives by suicide than men and women who died in combat in Syria(2).

1. Watson Institute international and Public Affairs, September 2016
2. Daily Mail, Dec. 29, 2016


KSFY: Meet George Hendrickson

Election 2018: U.S. Congressional Candidates Forum

Sioux Falls Rotary Club Forum

Election 2018: U.S. Congressional Candidates Forum

SDPB Election Forum

Election 2018: U.S. Congressional Candidates Forum

Young Professionals Network Forum

October 15th. Young Professionals Network Facebook Live Video

KSFY: Debating the issues

George Hendrickson said he wants to be that voice in the government for South Dakota.

George Hendrickson, a conservative for U.S. House

Public Affairs Director, Jon Michaels (since 1877), talks with George Hendrickson about his run for the U.S. House of Representatives for South Dakota.

U.S. House Candidates Talk Farm Bill at Dakotafest

The next person to fill South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat will undoubtedly work on the nation’s next Farm Bill.

KDLT press release

Interview with Sydney Kern about Congressional run.

Argus Leader press release

Argus Leader Congressional run announcement Interview with Dana Ferguson.

SDPB In The Moment with Lori Walsh

Radio interview with Lori Walsh

Prohbtd, a Cannabis Lifestyle publication

Interview with California based publication PROHBTD, with David Jenison.

Argus Leader Opinion letter by Ken Barker

Word of encouragement. They may be for me, or just might be for you.
Thank you Mr. Ken Barker for your gracious letter.

The Sioux Empire Podcast. Interview with Brandilyn Rae

"My newest article, the interview I did with George Hendrickson! Not music related at all, obviously, but I'm still pretty proud of it considering it was my first interview. Took me forever since the interview lasted almost 2 hours. He's a really awesome guy. We may not agree on everything politically(seriously how many people agree on everything anyway?), but I agree with him that REAL PEOPLE need to be elected... not just professional politicians. If you see him around, make a point to talk to him. He's a super cool dude, I had a great time getting to know him through the interview." Brandilyn Rae


Family saddened by medical marijuana setback

(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader) Argus Leader Article

Medical marijuana, one family's story

Photos by Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader
Joe Ahlquist Visual Journalist

South Dakota Medical Cannabis Senate Bill Defeated

The Cannabis Advisory. By CBD Advisory

Marijuana advocates optimistic about treatment

Interview with California based publication PROHBTD, with David Jenison.

Father Frustrated With Medical Marijuana Standstill

Interview with California based publication PROHBTD, with David Jenison.

Cannabidiol medicine one step closer to legalization

Interview with California based publication PROHBTD, with David Jenison.

Still waiting on a cure, some worry marijuana derivative bill doesn't do enough

(Photo: Dana Ferguson - Argus Leader Media)
Story by Dana Ferguson, Via The Indy Star

Family supports state leader working to ease medical marijuana research restrictions

KSFY News by By Kelley Smith

New GoFundMe page gives hope to Sioux Falls boy, family

Story by KSFY news

Sioux Falls dad disappointed cannabis oil bill

Story By Mark Roper, KSFY News

SD state law limits who may buy pot on reservations

Story By Mark Roper, with KSFY News

Local family pushes for medical cannabis to help son

Story By Tess Hedrick with KSFY News

Press Release for Thursday February 1, 2018

For Immediate Release: George Hendrickson, currently an Independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, announced Thursday he will seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for the office.

Hendrickson, a 47-year-old former police officer and small business owner, said in a release that he believes the Libertarian Party's core philosophy of individual liberty mirrors his own ideals of Constitutional freedom.

Currently running unopposed in the Libertarian primary, Hendrickson said while he looks forward to working with party faithful, he remains committed to political independence and providing a sensible alternative to the two-party status quo.

"People are starting to realize that the two-party system of cronyism and power brokering is what has gotten us into our current mess," Hendrickson said in a release.

"I am not a career politician or a member of the 'good old boy network,'" Hendrickson said. " I am just a citizen answering the call for service. When my work is done, I'll come back home."

S.D. Libertarian Party chairman Aaron Aylward said the party is excited to welcome Hendrickson into the party membership. While the Libertarian Party does not officially endorse any candidate until after the primary, Aylward added that Hendrickson's campaign platform of limited and accountable government certainly belongs in the SDLP.

"We love it when candidates, from any party, step up and fight for the cause of personal freedom," Aylward said in the release. "George and his platform are welcome here, and if he is our nominee, we will throw all of our support behind him."

Hendrickson said his priorities as Congressman will include fighting for congressional term limits, tax and bureaucracy reform, breaking the cycle of welfare recidivism, working toward a balanced budget, and federal descheduling of cannabis to help provide relief for the sick and disabled.

Hendrickson believes that the United States government was intended to serve the American people, not the other way around. That belief, he said, will guide the many tasks which lay ahead of him as South Dakota's next Congressman.

"My campaign slogan sums it up," Hendrickson said. "And that is, 'Beholden only to you, the people of South Dakota.'"

The Hendrickson campaign has also scheduled a preliminary series of "town hall" meetings on both sides of the state, including:

Monday, February 5 - 6:30 to 7:30pm, Sioux Falls Library - Prairie West Branch 7630 W. 26th St. in Sioux Falls.

Wednesday, February 7 - 6:30 to 7:30pm, Sioux Falls Library - Ronning Branch 3100 E. 49th St. in Sioux Falls.

Thursday, February 8 - 6:30 to 7:30pm Sioux Falls Library _Caille Branch 4100 Carnegie Cir. in Sioux Falls.

Monday, February 12 - 6:00 to 8:00pm Belle Fourche Area Community Center 1111 National St. in Belle Fourche.

Tuesday, February 13 - 6:00 to 8:00pm Location Pending, Rapid City.


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To be part of something bigger than all of us,
for the people of South Dakota!

Better yet, see me in person!

Whether you are an individual, a member of a social club, a bible study,
a volunteer group or the head of a corporation, I want to meet you.
Please feel free to contact me!

George D. Hendrickson

2522 W. 41st Street #101, Sioux Falls, SD 57105