Dave Volk - Biography

David Volk was born and raised in Mitchell, South Dakota.    In 1969, after graduating from college, he was drafted into the US Army.    He served two years in the Army -- a year of that in Vietnam.    He served as a combat photographer with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star while in Vietnam. 

In 1972, at the age of 25, he was elected State Treasurer of South Dakota, the youngest person in the state’s history elected to statewide office.    He was re-elected four times.   He helped found and served as the first president of the National Association of State Treasurers.

He also served as Secretary of Commerce and Regulation from 1994 – 2002  in the cabinet of Governor Bill Janklow.

Volk was appointed by the Reagan Administration as Chairman of the Vietnam Veteran’s Volunteer Program for South Dakota, and was responsible for setting up an outreach program for troubled veterans from the Vietnam era.

He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans and was active in the Big Brother Program.   He was selected as Outstanding Big Brother for South Dakota in 2016.  He also currently serves as the chairman for South Dakota Human Rights Commission    

Volk has had six books published.    “Draftee:  A High School Teacher Goes To War” which chronicles his time in the Army and “My Grandpa’s War” a children’s book about Vietnam    He has also co-authored 4 books, with Mark Meierhenry:   “Mystery of the Round Rocks”, “Mystery of the Tree Rings”,  “Mystery of the Maize" and "Mystery of Pheasants”.   Two of these books were selected by the Independent Publishers as outstanding regional children’s books.