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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

Conference Chairman

Political Highlights: S.D. Republican Party executive director, 1989-91; S.D. railroad director, 1991-93; U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-2003; Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, 2002; U.S. Senate, 2005-present
Born: Jan. 7, 1961; Pierre, S.D.
Residence: Sioux Falls
Religion: Protestant
Family: Wife, Kimberley Thune; two children
Education: Biola U., B.S. 1983; U. of South Dakota, M.B.A. 1984
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Commodities, Risk Management & Trade; Livestock, Marketing & Agriculture Security; Rural Development & Energy); Commerce, Science & Transportation; Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness; Taxation & IRS Oversight)

Election History
2010generalJohn Thune (R) 227,947100.0
2004generalJohn Thune (R) 197,84850.6
Tom Daschle (D) 193,34049.4
2002generalTim Johnson (D) 167,48149.6
John Thune (R) 166,95749.5
Kurt Evans (LIBERT) 3,0700.9
2000generalJohn Thune (R) 231,08373.4
Curt Hohn (D) 78,32124.9
Brian Lerohl (LIBERT) 5,3571.7
1998generalJohn Thune (R) 194,15775.1
Jeff Moser (D) 64,43324.9
1996generalJohn Thune (R) 186,39357.7
Rick Weiland (D) 119,54737.0
Stacey Nelson (REF) 10,3973.2
Kurt Evans (I) 6,8662.1
Roll Call Vitals


South Dakota is 37th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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