I'm Jessica, and I believe your voice matters
I'm committed to my neighbors and community. I grew up in Rapid Valley, District 35, attending Rapid Valley Elementary School, Dakota Middle School, and graduating from Rapid City Central High School.
I've been a business owner for the past decade. For the past five years I've also advocated in DC, collaborated with legislators in Pierre, and with our current mayor's office in Rapid City.
I believe in sensible, empathetic, and logical leadership that's based on the Constitution. I believe in fiscal responsibility and limited government. I believe in our right to protect ourselves as citizens of the United States, and the rights of all Americans to pursue happiness. We can rise above ugly politics and do what's best for all of our citizens.
Paramount, I believe legislators need to be connected to their constituents and make decisions on their behalf and for their benefit. Your voice matters.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent District 35 in the South Dakota Senate.
For more information on the references below, links to audio clips of testimony, specific bills she sponsored, legislation she voted on, and Jessica's reaction to COVID-19 click here: More About Senator Castleberry
Protecting Low Taxes
In 2020, Jessica served on the Senate Taxation Committee. She believes we need to keep taxes low for South Dakotans.
SB 76 which provided for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland. This would've resulted in significant tax increases for many of our most rural counties, and also a tax increase for Pennington County.
SB 68 that would've authorized a county gross receipts tax
SB 178 which increased funding for counties and townships and would have increased the excise tax rate on motor fuel.
HB 1279 which requires that property owners to receive notification of property tax reduction programs
Protecting Gun Rights
Jessica comes from a family of avid gun owners who believe in the rights of Americans to protect themselves- that right shouldn't be infringed in anyway. Here's some of the legislation she Supported:
HB 1296 ensures the law-abiding gun owners of South Dakota won’t be disarmed during natural disasters or emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19
HB 1094 allows people on motorcycles, atvs, and snowmobiles to possess firearms
SCR 603 which recognized the importance of gun safety in alignment with the NRA
Protecting Your Personal Liberties
Jessica spoke up for personal liberties during session. She's a strong believer in the rights of all South Dakotans. Jessica opposed raising the smoking age to 21, opposed the increased regulations on teen drivers, opposed increased legislation on using electronic devices while driving, and opposed authority to the attorney general's office for unlawful civil forfeiture. Jessica spoke on behalf of abused and neglected children to allow therapy dogs into court proceedings and sponsored legislation to protect victims of domestic abuse. Jessica also sponsored legislation to put a stop to spam phone calls in South Dakota. She is against any personal interest, frivolous legislation that will waste tax payer money. For bills, testimony and more, click here.
Protecting the Unborn
Jessica's life work has been to support children and families. This session, she voted to support HCR 6020, Denouncing the National Education Association's recent policy to support "the fundamental right to abortion." Jessica also prime sponsored an appropriation for adoption assistance grants to help promote the Pro Life movement in South Dakota.
In only three short months Jessica stood up for your rights, supported the 2nd Amendment, spoke out on unconstitutional bills, prevented tax increases, supported vulnerable women and children, and promoted legislation for veteran military entrepreneurs, the South Dakota School of Mines, and Western Dakota Technical College and small business.
Detailed bills, testimony, voting record, reaction to COVID 19 and more here