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Current delegation
since January 3, 2015

South Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, and elects U.S. Senators to Class 2 and Class 3. Its current U.S. Senators are Republicans John Thune (since 2005) and Mike Rounds (since 2015).

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

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1 RichardFPettigrew.jpg
Richard Pettigrew
Republican November 2, 1889 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in 1889. 1 51st 1 Elected in 1889.

Lost re-election.
November 2, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
Republican GideonMoody.jpg
Gideon C. Moody
1
52nd 2 Elected February 16, 1891.[1] March 4, 1891 –
July 1, 1901
Independent James Henderson Kyle.jpg
James H. Kyle
2
53rd Populist
Re-elected in 1894.

Lost re-election.
2 54th
Silver
Republican
55th 3 Re-elected February 18, 1897.[2]

Died.
56th
2 Robert Gamble.jpg
Robert J. Gamble
Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1913
Elected January 22, 1901.[3] 3 57th Republican
  July 1, 1901 –
July 11, 1901
Vacant
Appointed to continue Kyle's term.

Elected January 20, 1903 to finish Kyle's term.[4]
July 11, 1901 –
March 3, 1909
Republican Kittredgealfred.jpg
Alfred Kittredge
3
58th 4 Elected to a full term January 21, 1903.[5]

Lost renomination.
59th
Re-elected January 22, 1907.

Lost renomination.
4 60th
61st 5 Elected January 19, 1909.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1915
Republican Crawfordcoe.jpg
Coe I. Crawford
4
62nd
3 ThomasSterling.jpg
Thomas Sterling
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1925
Elected January 22, 1913. 5 63rd
64th 6 Elected in 1914.

Retired.
March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1921
Democratic ESJohnson.jpg
Edwin S. Johnson
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65th
Re-elected in 1918.

Lost renomination.
6 66th
67th 7 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
December 20, 1936
Republican PeterNorbeck R-SD.jpg
Peter Norbeck
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68th
4 WHMcMaster.jpg
William McMaster
Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1931
Elected in 1924.

Lost re-election.
7 69th
70th 8 Re-elected in 1926.
71st
5 William John Bulow.jpg
William J. Bulow
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1943
Elected in 1930. 8 72nd
73rd 9 Re-elected in 1932.

Died.
74th
  December 20, 1936 –
December 29, 1936
Vacant
Appointed to continue Norbeck's term.

Lost election to finish Norbeck's term.
December 29, 1936 –
November 8, 1938
Democratic Herbert Emery Hitchcock.jpg
Herbert Hitchcock
7
Re-elected in 1936.

Lost renomination.
9 75th
Elected to finish Norbeck's term.

Retired.
November 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
Republican Gladys Pyle.jpg
Gladys Pyle
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76th 10 Elected in 1938. January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1951
Republican John Chandler Gurney.jpg
John Gurney
9
77th
6 BushfieldH.jpg
Harlan Bushfield
Republican January 3, 1943 –
September 27, 1948
Elected in 1942.

Died.
10 78th
79th 11 Re-elected in 1944.

Lost renomination.
80th
Vacant September 27, 1948 –
October 6, 1948
7 SenatorVeraBushfield(R-SD).jpg
Vera Bushfield
Republican October 6, 1948 –
December 26, 1948
Appointed to finish her husband's term.

Resigned when successor appointed.
Vacant December 26, 1948 –
December 31, 1948
8 KarlEarlMundt.jpeg
Karl E. Mundt
Republican December 31, 1948 –
January 3, 1973
Appointed to finish Bushfield's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1948 11 81st
82nd 12 Elected in 1950. January 3, 1951 –
June 22, 1962
Republican Francis Higbee Case.jpg
Francis H. Case
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83rd
Re-elected in 1954. 12 84th
85th 13 Re-elected in 1956.

Died.
86th
Re-elected in 1960. 13 87th
  June 22, 1962 –
July 9, 1962
Vacant
Appointed to finish Case's term.

Lost election to full term.
July 9, 1962 –
January 3, 1963
Republican Bottum.jpg
Joseph H. Bottum
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88th 14 Elected in 1962. January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
Democratic George McGovern bioguide.jpg
George McGovern
12
89th
Re-elected in 1966.

Retired.
14 90th
91st 15 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd
9 James Abourezk.jpg
James Abourezk
Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
Elected in 1972.

Retired.
15 93rd
94th 16 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
95th
10 Larry Pressler.jpg
Larry Pressler
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
Elected in 1978. 16 96th
97th 17 Elected in 1980.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
Republican JamesAbdnor.jpg
James Abdnor
13
98th
Re-elected in 1984. 17 99th
100th 18 Elected in 1986. January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 2005
Democratic Tom Daschle, official Senate photo.jpg
Tom Daschle
14
101st
Re-elected in 1990.

Lost re-election.
18 102nd
103rd 19 Re-elected in 1992.
104th
11 Tim Johnson official portrait, 2009.jpg
Tim Johnson
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 1996. 19 105th
106th 20 Re-elected in 1998.

Lost re-election.
107th
Re-elected in 2002. 20 108th
109th 21 Elected in 2004. January 3, 2005 –
Present
Republican John Thune, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg
John Thune
15
110th
Re-elected in 2008.

Retired.
21 111th
112th 22 Re-elected in 2010.
113th
12 Mike Rounds official Senate portrait.jpg
Mike Rounds
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 22 114th
115th 39 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
To be determined in the 2020 election. 23 117th
118th 24 To be determined in the 2022 election.
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Class 2 Class 3

Living former U.S. Senators from South Dakota[edit]

As of October 2016, there are four former Senators who are living, three from Class 2 and one from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was George McGovern of Class 3 (1963–1981) on October 21, 2012. The most recent Class 2 senator to die was Vera C. Bushfield (1948) on April 16, 1976. The most recently serving Class 3 senator to die was James Abdnor (1981–1987) on May 16, 2012. The most recently serving Class 2 senator to die was Karl E. Mundt (1948–1973) on August 16, 1974.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
James Abourezk 1973–1979 2 (1931-02-24) February 24, 1931 (age 87)
Larry Pressler 1979–1997 2 (1942-03-29) March 29, 1942 (age 76)
Tom Daschle 1987–2005 3 (1947-12-09) December 9, 1947 (age 70)
Tim Johnson 1997–2015 2 (1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 71)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "SENATOR JAMES H. KYLE". The New York Times. February 17, 1891. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "SENATOR KYLE RE-ELECTED". The New York Times. February 19, 1897. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "R.J. Gamble Succeeds Pettigrew". The New York Times. January 23, 1901. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Journal of the Senate of the South Dakota Legislature Commencing January 6, 1903, Eighth Session. Pierre, South Dakota. 1903. p. 298. 
  5. ^ Journal of the Senate of the South Dakota Legislature Commencing January 6, 1903, Eighth Session. Pierre, South Dakota. 1903. p. 299. 

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