The woman who currently holds the position Janklow once did in Washington, D.C. has many positive remarks to make about the former governor and congressman.
With her time serving in both the state and federal government not overlapping with his, congresswoman Kristi Noem didn't get to know Bill Janklow really well. But those who did, didn't forget him.
"When I first arrived in Washington, D.C. I had several people come up to me within the first week and ask me if I knew governor Janklow, if I remembered him. They remembered serving with him; they were impressed with his work ethic," Noem said.
And that's something Noem respects about his time in public office as well. She met with him about various issues during his second stint as governor and she was a small business owner.
Noem was in grade school when Janklow first served as governor and she has fond memories of him then too.
"He was always somebody that the everyday person could go and talk to and approach and we appreciated that," Noem said.
And there are parts of his leadership style Noem would like to see replicated among other state and federal leaders as well.
"He didn't quit. If he faced a challenge, he found a way to rise above it," Noem said.
And that is just one quality Noem hears her colleagues in Washington, D.C. still recall about Bill Janklow today.
"He hit the ground running when he got to Washington, D.C. They were impressed he answered his own phone in his office, did his own copies, and just nothing was beneath him. He just made sure his whole place was a team and they were willing to tackle the issues," Noem said.
Noem says she speaks for many people in the state in expressing thanks for Janklow's leadership and service.