Jason grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm. Following in his father’s footsteps, he attended the University of South Dakota (USD). At USD he went through the Army ROTC program and he received a commission as a Transportation Officer. At USD, Jason earned a Bachelors, Masters and Law Degree. Not long after passing the bar exam, Jason was called to active duty and deployed to Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January, 2003. Jason worked with the U.S. Air Force and German Army to acquire and ship necessary goods to his fellow service members in Afghanistan, Africa and Iraq.
In August 2003, he returned home. Approximately eight months later, on Easter weekend, he was called to active duty a second time. Jason commanded a reserve unit that had been stripped of all but 25 personnel that had virtually no equipment. Among other achievements, Jason was instrumental in acquiring 61 semi-trucks, 120 flatbed trailers and integrating these assets into his unit along with 150 soldiers who were transferred in from 37 different states.
From July 2004 to October 2005, Jason commanded his transportation unit in both Kuwait and Iraq, and was based predominately out of Al Asad, Iraq. Jason’s unit conducted missions on the deadly roads of Iraq, heading to Jordan, Syria, Kuwait and approximately 30 bases in Iraq. After many long days in the 120-degree heat in Iraq, Jason’s unit reflected his leadership abilities of being energetic, disciplined, and hard-working. Jason’s leadership and success drew the attention of the Chief of the Army Reserves (highest reservist in the military). The Chief of the Army Reserves personally came and visited Jason’s unit and recognized them for their success. Possibly the largest achievement was bringing all the members of his company home alive despite traveling approximately 1.5 million miles on the deadly roads of Iraq.
As Jason’s father was honored with his service in Vietnam with a Bronze Star Medal, Jason was honored to receive the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.
Jason’s last tour was in 2009-2010 which took him to Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was a company commander for the fourth time. He represented the U.S. as its voting member on a number of NATO committees. He was instrumental in working on a program called “Backpacks for Afghanistan” (where the British would build schools). Jason coordinated the acquisition and distribution of school supplies to the children of Afghanistan and personally found a NATO accounting error saving the American taxpayers approximately $250,000.00. He oversaw the management and building of various forms of infrastructure while working with American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and individuals from several foreign countries.
Jason is now back in Yankton, practicing law and ready to serve the state of South Dakota as your next U.S. Senator. He is currently serving as a Major in a joint intelligence unit in Minneapolis with a top secret clearance with the requirement (under oath) to keep military secrets to secure our Nation’s safety.
Jason will honor the people of South Dakota by serving you with integrity, honesty and humility. He took the Oath of defending the Constitution when he joined the military and Jason Ravnsborg intends to continue to honor that oath as your Senator.
Jason is also a member of: the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Yankton, the Yankton Sertoma Club (where he was named the 2012 Sertoman of the Year for his civic service), the American Legion, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Jason Ravnsborg is a member of the United States Army Reserve. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense. as per DOD Directive No. 1344.10, section 18.104.22.168