SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – Incumbent Republican Dusty Johnson has secured another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Associated Press reported that Johnson beat Libertarian challenger Collin Duprel.

Johnson was first elected to the House in 2018 and has spent his tenure focusing on agriculture, meatpacking, and shipping. Johnson said he’s proud of his Ocean Shipping Reform Act saying it was the largest reform of the country’s shipping laws in a generation.

Representative Johnson is celebrating his win with Senator John Thune and Governor Kristi Noem in Sioux Falls.

In an acceptance speech before supporters Tuesday evening, Johnson pledged to return to Washington, D.C., ready to work.

“My commitment to you is that I’m going to bring the same can-do attitude to the majority that I brought to the minority because the American people have given Republicans a chance to lead. But we cannot squander this opportunity. We can not get distracted by shiny objects. We can not allow anger to drive us off the path,” Johnson said.

Johnson outlined some of his priorities to KELOLAND’s Carter Schmidt after his acceptance speech.

“We need to reduce the price of energy for Americans. We need to quit the trillion-dollar giveaways. And we also need to get Americans back to work. We have three million fewer full-time workers than we did just three years ago. Good governmental policies can help people get back into the work place,” Johnson said.

In an interview with KELOLAND News last week, Johnson said he wants to address inflation, workforce participation, and continuing to be a leading voice on agriculture and meatpacking for South Dakota.

A look at the candidates

Johnson was first elected to the House in 2018 and has held the position for two terms. The Mitchell-based politician has focused on agriculture, meatpacking, American energy independence and inflation during his campaign.

Duprel is a West River cattle rancher who grew up in Sturgis. Duprel has stated that he’s in favor of less government spending, term limits, abortion access and addressing antitrust laws in the meatpacking industry.

KELOLAND News will have coverage of this race and others throughout Election Day 2022 on-air and online.