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Thomas Nelson's Biography
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Thomas 'Tom' R. Nelson
Wife: Melodee; 3 Children: Abby, AJ, Ben
BA, Journalism/Political Science/Sociology, South Dakota State University, 1979
Senator, South Dakota State Senate, 2008-2012
Candidate, South Dakota State Senate, District 31, 2012
Mayor of Lead, South Dakota, 2002-2007
No caucus information on file.
Manager, Best Western Hickok House, 2006-present
Owner/Operator, Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming, 1988-present
General Manager, Gold Dust Gaming, 2001-2007
Executive Director, Twin City Area Development Corporation, 2001-2007
Gaming Consultant, Mineral Palace Hotel & Gaming, 1992-2001
Acting Publisher, Publications Manager, Lawrence County Centennial, 1984-1991
Religious, Civic, and other Memberships
President, South Dakota's Visitor Industry Alliance, 2004-present
Former President, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce
Former President, South Dakota Elks Association
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