Rep. Dusty Johnson attends Roosevelt HS student’s graduation party

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — One teen in KELOLAND had a big-name visitor at his graduation party. 

South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson stopped by Discovery Elementary Park, Saturday afternoon to meet Addison Miller. 

Miller is graduating from Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School on Sunday, and he wrote a letter to the congressman inviting him to his party. 

Saturday was a big day for Addison Miller as he meets South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson for the first time. 

“I’m overjoyed. I’m really happy to have him,” Miller said. 

This all started when Miller wrote a letter to Representative Johnson saying how much he liked his policies and invited him to his graduation party. 

“I sent the invite, I sent him a little letter, and all of a sudden he responds. Then he contacts my mom and he says I’d love to go to your grad party and I’m like woah, ok,” Miller said. 

Miller says he appreciates the work the representative is doing. 

“I really like that he doesn’t just fight for the Republicans. Yes, he is a Republican and he does vote Republican a lot of the times, but he also fights for South Dakota. He’s been fighting for our disaster relief. He broke party lines and I really respect that,” Miller said. 

Congressman Johnson says he was impressed with Miller after reading his letter. 

“Addison’s letter was so earnest, it was so honest, and I could just tell from checking him out on Facebook that this was a student that really cared about our country,” Johnson said. 

Johnson says students like Miller are important for the state. 

“You need to invest time in those kinds of students because they are going to be our future,” Johnson said. 

Miller will be attending school at the University of South Dakota this fall and majoring in secondary education. 

And, as you might have guessed, he says he’s planning on running for office someday. 

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