5th Judicial Circuit Court Judge - South Dakota
Tony Portra grew up in Aberdeen, graduating from Aberdeen Central in 1987. After high school, he attended Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN where he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He then attended Law School at University of South Dakota, graduating in 1994.
After brief stints at the South Dakota Attorney General’s office and in private practice, he took the bench in March 1999 as a magistrate judge. Tony was then elected to the circuit bench in 2006 and was re-elected in 2014. He is currently running unopposed for re-election this year.
His wife of 31 years, Jamie, is a speech language pathologist at Mike Miller Elementary, part of the Aberdeen Public School District. Tony and Jamie have two children, Jake (28) and Andie (26). Jake works in the computer field in Minneapolis, MN and Andie is a 3rd grade teacher in Tucson, AZ.