Senator Angie Buhl O'Donnell is a proven advocate and leader and has committed her life to working for others. She was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman ever to serve in South Dakota's Senate. Elected from District 15 in the heart of Sioux Falls, Sen. Buhl O'Donnell has served on the Judiciary, Commerce & Energy, Retirement Laws, Interim Rules Review, Education, and Local Government Committees, and is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. When the legislature is not in session, she works in healthcare and is studying to become a Registered Nurse.
Angie is actively involved in the Sioux Falls community and has volunteered for Lifescape (Children's Care Hospital and School), Compass Center, and Junior League of Sioux Falls. She is also a member of the Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network, National Women's Political Caucus of South Dakota, and the Young Elected Officials Network.
Prior to her legislative service, Angie worked as a non-profit consultant with a variety of organizations, most recently with Equality South Dakota. As an adoptee, she is also concerned with issues surrounding adoption in South Dakota. A 4th generation South Dakotan, Angie was born in Aberdeen and raised in Yankton, where her family has owned a small business for over 25 years. In 2007, she earned her bachelors of science cum laude from the University of South Dakota, having studied psychology and music.
In past legislative sessions, Angie has worked on a variety of issues on behalf of South Dakotans, including employment protections for seniors and veterans, protecting children from toxic chemicals, adoption issues, and women's rights.