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Scyller Borglum

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Scyller Borglum
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
August 8, 2018
Serving with Chris P. Johnson
Preceded bySean McPherson
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Timothy Masterlark
(m. 2018)
ResidenceRapid City, South Dakota, US
Alma mater

Scyller J. Borglum is an American politician and engineer from the state of South Dakota. A Republican, Borglum has served in the South Dakota House of Representatives for the 32nd district since 2018.

Early life and career

Borglum is from Great Falls, Montana. She graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in 1995, where she was class president and governor of the Montana Youth Legislature.[1][2] Borglum attended Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. She received a Fulbright Scholarship, which she used to study oil and gas development in Oslo. After her brother, Troy, died in a traffic collision, Borglum went to Duke Divinity School, and earned a master's degree in theological studies in 2003. She then worked in pharmaceutical sales in Oregon and Texas.[3]

Borglum attended Montana Technological University, where she earned a master's degree in petroleum engineering. She then enrolled at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to earn a doctoral degree in geology and geological engineering, while working as a production engineer in an oil field in North Dakota. She also enrolled at Montana Tech to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering, which she needed to become a licensed engineer. She was laid off from her job in 2015, and moved to South Dakota, where she works as a staff engineer at RESPEC.[3]

Political career

In the 2018 elections, Borglum ran to represent the 32nd district in the South Dakota House of Representatives. She and Sean McPherson earned the Republican Party's nomination for the district's two seats, even though McPherson, an incumbent, had died of cancer.[4] Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Borglum to fill McPherson's vacant seat on August 8.[5] She was elected to a full term in November.[3]

Borglum ran in the Republican primary for the United States Senate against incumbent Mike Rounds in 2020.[6][7] Rounds defeated Borglum, 75% to 25%.[8]

Personal life

Borglum married Timothy Masterlark, a professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, in 2018.[3]


  1. ^ Heisel Jr., Bill (July 3, 1994). "Youth leader bursting with ideas, keen to pursue political career". Great Falls Tribune. p. 9. Retrieved August 17, 2019 – via
  2. ^ Mansch, Scott (August 13, 1998). "A Sport to Crew About". Great Falls Tribune. p. 21. Retrieved August 16, 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b c d Tupper, Seth (July 28, 2019). "Borglum courts 'exhausted middle' of GOP". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Ferguson, Dana (June 7, 2018). "Deceased Rapid City lawmaker won Tuesday's primary election, now what?". Argus Leader. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "SD governor appoints Rapid City woman to state House". KOTA-TV. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Rep. Scyller Borglum set to announce U.S. Senate race decision". KSFY. June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Kaczke, Lisa (July 1, 2019). "Scyller Borglum, Republican legislator from Rapid City, announces U.S. Senate candidacy". Argus Leader. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Kaczke, Lisa (June 2, 2020). "2020 South Dakota primary election: U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds wins Republican primary". Argus Leader. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
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