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Encyclopedia > South Dakota Senate
The South Dakota State Legislature meets at the state capitol in Pierre.
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The South Dakota State Legislature meets at the state capitol in Pierre.

The South Dakota State Legislature is the legislative branch of the government of South Dakota. It is a bicameral legislative body, consisting of the Senate, which has 35 members, and the House of Representatives, which has 70 members. The two houses are similar in most respects; the Senate alone holds the right to confirm gubernatorial appointments to certain offices. In addition, the Senate votes by roll call, whereas the larger house uses an electronic voting system. Image File history File links GMMS_Capital. ... Image File history File links GMMS_Capital. ... South Dakota State Capitol The South Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Motto: Nickname: Founded Incorporated 1880   County Hughes County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Dennis Eisnach Area  - Total  - Water 33. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq. ... The bicameral legislature of the United States is housed in a capitol building with two wings. ... The South Dakota State Legislature meets at the state capitol in Pierre. ... The South Dakota State Legislature meets at the state capitol in Pierre. ... Governors of South Dakota Arthur C. Mellette Republican 1889-1893 Charles H. Sheldon Republican 1893-1897 Andrew E. Lee Populist 1897-1901 Charles N. Herreid Republican 1901-1905 Samuel H. Elrod Republican 1905-1907 Coe I. Crawford Republican 1907-1909 Robert S. Vessey Republican 1909-1913 Frank M. Byrne Republican...


The Legislature meets at the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre. It begins its annual session of the second Tuesday of January each year. The legislative session lasts 40 working days in odd-numbered years, and 35 days working days in even numbered years. Generally, the legislature meets every business day until the session ends, excepting on last day which is delayed to allow for consideration of gubernatorial vetoes. In addition, the legislature occasionally meets on Saturdays to make-up for Presidents' Day and Martin Luther King Day recesses. South Dakota State Capitol The South Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Motto: Nickname: Founded Incorporated 1880   County Hughes County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Dennis Eisnach Area  - Total  - Water 33. ... Governors of South Dakota Arthur C. Mellette Republican 1889-1893 Charles H. Sheldon Republican 1893-1897 Andrew E. Lee Populist 1897-1901 Charles N. Herreid Republican 1901-1905 Samuel H. Elrod Republican 1905-1907 Coe I. Crawford Republican 1907-1909 Robert S. Vessey Republican 1909-1913 Frank M. Byrne Republican... The word veto comes from Latin and literally means I forbid. ... Presidents Day is the common name for the United States federal holiday officially designated as Washingtons Birthday; it is celebrated on the third Monday of February. ... Martin Luther King Jr. ...


The legislature selects, from its membership, an Executive Board to tend to administrative matters during the time when the legislature is not in session. The administrative support for the legislature is provided by the Legislative Research Council.

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Selection of state legislators

Members of both houses of the state legislature are elected in November of every even-numbered year to serve a two-year term. Since 1992, legislators have been limited to serving four consecutive terms in a single house. Vacancies in the legislature are filled by gubernatorial appointment. Governors of South Dakota Arthur C. Mellette Republican 1889-1893 Charles H. Sheldon Republican 1893-1897 Andrew E. Lee Populist 1897-1901 Charles N. Herreid Republican 1901-1905 Samuel H. Elrod Republican 1905-1907 Coe I. Crawford Republican 1907-1909 Robert S. Vessey Republican 1909-1913 Frank M. Byrne Republican...


State legislators are elected from 35 legislative districts; each district elects one senator and two representatives. In 34 districts, representatives are elected at-large from the entire district. District 28, however, is divided into two house districts, each of which elects one representative. This is meant to ensure greater representation of Native Americans in the legislature. An Atsina named Assiniboin Boy Photo by Edward S. Curtis. ...


Legislative districts are redrawn every ten years, following the United States Census. The districts currently in effect were adopted by the legislature in 2001. Each district encompasses approximately 21,500 people. 1880 US Census of Hoboken, New Jersey The United States Census is mandated by the United States Constitution[1]. The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding. ...


As a result of a court order that redrew some legislative districts, several legislative districts in the southwest corner of the state will be redrawn for the 2006 elections. One result of this ruling will be that District 26 will be split into two single-member house districts, much like District 28. The state has appealed the judicial decision that resulted in these changes.

South Dakota legislative districts, as will be in effect for the 2006 elections barring further court action.
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South Dakota legislative districts, as will be in effect for the 2006 elections barring further court action.

Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq. ...

Senate

President pro tem Lee Schoenbeck.
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President pro tem Lee Schoenbeck.

The Senate is the upper house of the South Dakota State Legislature. It is made up of 35 members, one representing each legislative district. The President of the Senate is the Lt. Governor, currently Republican Dennis Daugaard. The president only votes in the case of a tie. Dennis Daugaard is the current Lt. ... Dennis M. Daugaard, born June 11, 1953 is the current Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota. ... Dennis Daugaard is the current Lt. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Dennis M. Daugaard, born June 11, 1953 is the current Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota. ...


The senate elects one member to serve as President pro tempore; this officer presides in the absence of the president, appoints committees, and assigns legislation to committee. The current President pro tem is Senator Lee Shoenbeck (R) of Watertown. Pro tempore or pro tem is a latin phrase which best translates to for the time being in English. ... Watertown is a city located in Codington County, South Dakota. ...


At present, the Senate has 25 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Each party selects a floor leader. The current majority leader is Eric Bogue (R) of Faith; the minority leader is Garry A. Moore (D) of Yankton. In addition, each party also selects a number of whips, who assist the floor leader in leading their respective caucuses. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Faith is a city located in Meade County, South Dakota. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ...


Membership

District Senator Party Home
1 Gary D. Hanson Democrat Sisseton
2 Jim Hundstad Democrat Bath
3 Duane Sutton Republican Aberdeen
4 James R. Peterson Democrat Revillo
5 Lee Schoenbeck Republican Watertown
6 Brock Greenfield Republican Clark
7 Orville Smidt Republican Brookings
8 Dan Sutton Democrat Flandreau
9 Thomas A. Dempster Republican Sioux Falls
10 Gene Abdallah Republican Sioux Falls
11 Jason Gant Republican Sioux Falls
12 William Earley Republican Sioux Falls
13 Dick Kelly Republican Sioux Falls
14 David L. Knudson Republican Sioux Falls
15 Gil Koetzle Democrat Sioux Falls
16 Mike Broderick Republican Canton
17 Ben Nesselhuf Democrat Vermillion
18 Garry A. Moore Democrat Yankton
19 Frank Kloucek Democrat Scotland
20 Ed Olson Republican Mitchell
21 Julie Bartling Democrat Burke
22 Tom Hansen Republican Huron
23 Jay Duenwald Republican Hoven
24 Bob Gray Republican Fort Pierre
25 Clarence Kooistra Republican Garretson
26 John Koskan Republican Wood
27 Theresa Two Bulls Democrat Pine Ridge
28 Eric Bogue Republican Faith
29 Kenneth McNenny Republican Sturgis
30 Jim Lintz Republican Hermosa
31 Jerry Apa Republican Lead
32 Stanford Adelstein Republican Rapid City
33 J. P. Duniphan Republican Rapid City
34 Royal "Mac" McCracken Republican Rapid City
35 William Napoli Republican Rapid City

The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sisseton is a city located in Roberts County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Bath is an unincorporated community located in Brown County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Aberdeen, a city and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, USA, about 125 mi (200 km) N.E. of Pierre. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Revillo is a town located in Grant County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Watertown is a city located in Codington County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Clark is a city located in Clark County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 18,504 at the 2000 census. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Flandreau is a city located in Moody County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Canton is a city located in Lincoln County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Vermillion is a small town in the southeast corner of South Dakota, USA. Home to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion has a mixed academic and rural character: The University is the flagship academic institution in the state, boasting the states only law and medical school, a business school... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Scotland is a city located in Bon Homme County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Mitchell is a city located in Davison County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Burke is a city located in Gregory County, South Dakota. ... This article references the reader directly. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Huron is a city located in Beadle County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Hoven is a town located in Potter County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Fort Pierre is a city located in Stanley County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Garretson is a city located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Wood is a town located in Mellette County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Pine Ridge is a census-designated place located in Shannon County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Faith is a city located in Meade County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sturgis is a city located in Meade County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Hermosa is a town located in Custer County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Lead is a city located in Lawrence County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... Bill Napoli William M. Bill Napoli is a Republican state senator in the South Dakota Legislature, representing the 35th State Senate district. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ...

House of Representatives

Speaker Matthew Michels.
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Speaker Matthew Michels.

The House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Dakota State Legislature. It is made up of 70 members, two from each legislative district. The presiding officer of the house is the Speaker of the House, elected by the members. The current speaker is Republican Matthew Michels of Yankton. In addition, the house also elects a speaker pro tempore, who presides in the absence of the speaker and traditionally succeeds the speaker in the next legislature. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ...


The current senate has 51 Republicans and 19 Democrats. Each party selects a floor leader. The current majority leader is Larry Rhoden (R) of Union Center; the minority leader is Dale Hargens (D) of Miller. In addition, each party selects a number of whips to aid the floor leaders in leading their respective caucuses. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Miller is a city located in Hand County, South Dakota. ...


Membership

District Senator Party Home
1 Clayton Halverson Democrat Veblen
David Sidgestad Democrat Pierpont
2 Burt Elliott Democrat Aberdeen
Paul Dennert Democrat Columbia
3 Larry Frost Republican Aberdeen
Al Novstrup Republican Aberdeen
4 Val Rausch Republican Big Stone City
Steve Street Democrat Revillo
5 Al Koistinen Republican Watertown
Bob Faehn Republican Watertown
6 Art Fryslie Republican Willow Lake
Paul Nelson Republican Hetland
7 Sean O'Brien Republican Brookings
Larry Tidemann Republican Brookings
8 David Gassman Democrat Canova
Gerald Lange Democrat Madison
9 Deb Peters Republican Hartford
Elaine Roberts Democrat Sioux Falls
10 Roger W. Hunt Republican Brandon
Shantel Krebs Republican Sioux Falls
11 Mark Willadson Republican Sioux Falls
Keri Weems Republican Sioux Falls
12 Casey Murschel Republican Sioux Falls
Hal Wick Republican Sioux Falls
13 Phyllis Heineman Republican Sioux Falls
Bill Thompson Democrat Sioux Falls
14 Joni M. Cutler Republican Sioux Falls
Shawn Tornow Republican Sioux Falls
15 Mary Glenski Democrat Sioux Falls
Kathy Miles Democrat Sioux Falls
16 Joel Dykstra Republican Canton
Margaret V. Gillespie Democrat Hudson
17 Jamie Boomgarden Republican Chancellor
Donna Schafer Republican Vermillion
18 Jean Hunhoff Republican Yankton
Matthew Michels Republican Yankton
19 Jim Putnam Republican Armour
Gary Jerke Republican Tripp
20 Mike Vehle Republican Mitchell
Lou Sebert Republican Mitchell
21 Thomas J. Glover Democrat Burke
Thomas Deadrick Republican Platte
22 Pat Haley Democrat Huron
Dale Hargens Democrat Miller
23 Justin Davis Republican Ipswich
Tom Hackl Republican Hoven
24 Ryan P. Olson Republican Onida
Tim Rounds Republican Pierre
25 Mike Kroger Democrat Dell Rapids
Tim Rave Republican Baltic
26 Barry Jensen Republican White River
Cooper Garnos Republican Presho
27 Jim Bradford Democrat Pine Ridge
Paul Valandra Democrat Mission
28A Thomas Van Norman Democrat Eagle Butte
28B Ted Klaudt Republican Walker
29 Tom Brunner Republican Nisland
Larry Rhoden Republican Union Center
30 Gorden Howie Republican Rapid City
Gordon Pederson Republican Wall
31 Tom Hills Republican Spearfish
Charles Turbiville Republican Deadwood
32 Alan Hanks Republican Rapid City
Tom Hennies Republican Rapid City
33 Mike Buckingham Republican Rapid City
Don Van Etten Republican Rapid City
34 Elizabeth Kraus Republican Rapid City
Ed McLaughlin Republican Rapid City
35 Jeff Haverly Republican Rapid City
Alice McCoy Republican Rapid City

The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Veblen is a city located in Marshall County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Pierpont is a town located in Day County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Aberdeen, a city and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, USA, about 125 mi (200 km) N.E. of Pierre. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Aberdeen, a city and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, USA, about 125 mi (200 km) N.E. of Pierre. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Aberdeen, a city and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, USA, about 125 mi (200 km) N.E. of Pierre. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Big Stone City is a city located in Grant County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Revillo is a town located in Grant County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Watertown is a city located in Codington County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Watertown is a city located in Codington County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Willow Lake is a city located in Clark County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Hetland is a town located in Kingsbury County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 18,504 at the 2000 census. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 18,504 at the 2000 census. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Canova is a town located in Miner County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Madison is a city located in Lake County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Hartford is a city located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Brandon is a city located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Canton is a city located in Lincoln County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Hudson is a town located in Lincoln County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Chancellor is a town located in Turner County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Vermillion is a small town in the southeast corner of South Dakota, USA. Home to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion has a mixed academic and rural character: The University is the flagship academic institution in the state, boasting the states only law and medical school, a business school... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Armour is a city located in Douglas County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Tripp is a city located in Hutchinson County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Mitchell is a city located in Davison County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Mitchell is a city located in Davison County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Burke is a city located in Gregory County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Platte is a city located in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,367. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Huron is a city located in Beadle County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Miller is a city located in Hand County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Ipswich is a city located in Edmunds County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Hoven is a town located in Potter County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Onida is a city located in Sully County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Motto: Nickname: Founded Incorporated 1880   County Hughes County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Dennis Eisnach Area  - Total  - Water 33. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Dell Rapids is a city located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Baltic is a city located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... White River is a city located in Mellette County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Presho is a city located in Lyman County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Pine Ridge is a census-designated place located in Shannon County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Mission is a city located in Todd County, South Dakota. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Eagle Butte is a city located in South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Nisland is a town located in Butte County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Wall is a town located in Pennington County, South Dakota. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 8,606 at the 2000 census. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... A photograph of Deadwood in 1876. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ...

See also

Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq. ... South Dakota State Capitol The South Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Governors of South Dakota Arthur C. Mellette Republican 1889-1893 Charles H. Sheldon Republican 1893-1897 Andrew E. Lee Populist 1897-1901 Charles N. Herreid Republican 1901-1905 Samuel H. Elrod Republican 1905-1907 Coe I. Crawford Republican 1907-1909 Robert S. Vessey Republican 1909-1913 Frank M. Byrne Republican... Dennis Daugaard is the current Lt. ... A legislature is a governmental deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ... The bicameral legislature of the United States is housed in a capitol building with two wings. ... The South Dakota reproductive rights controversy emerged from efforts by the South Dakota State Legislature to challenge Roe v. ...

External links

  • Legislative Research Council - Official homepage of the South Dakota State Legislature
  • Newspaper coverage: Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Rapid City Journal
Flag of South Dakota

State of South Dakota
Governors Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Dakota. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq. ... Notes 1Mellette was the final governor of the Dakota Territory. ...

Capital:

Pierre Motto: Nickname: Founded Incorporated 1880   County Hughes County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Dennis Eisnach Area  - Total  - Water 33. ...

Major Metro:

Sioux Falls Sioux Falls (pronounced soo falls) is the largest city in the state of South Dakota. ...

Smaller Cities:

Aberdeen | Brookings | Huron | Mitchell | Pierre | Rapid City | Spearfish | Vermillion | Watertown | Yankton Aberdeen, a city and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, USA, about 125 mi (200 km) N.E. of Pierre. ... Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 18,504 at the 2000 census. ... Huron is a city located in Beadle County, South Dakota. ... Mitchell is a city located in Davison County, South Dakota. ... Motto: Nickname: Founded Incorporated 1880   County Hughes County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Dennis Eisnach Area  - Total  - Water 33. ... Rapid City is a city located in Pennington County, South Dakota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 59,607. ... Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 8,606 at the 2000 census. ... Vermillion is a small town in the southeast corner of South Dakota, USA. Home to the University of South Dakota, Vermillion has a mixed academic and rural character: The University is the flagship academic institution in the state, boasting the states only law and medical school, a business school... Watertown is a city located in Codington County, South Dakota. ... Yankton is a city in Yankton County, South Dakota, USA. The population was 13,528 at the 2000 census. ...

Counties:

Aurora | Beadle | Bennett | Bon Homme | Brookings | Brown | Brule | Buffalo | Butte | Campbell | Charles Mix | Clark | Clay | Codington | Corson | Custer | Davison | Day | Deuel | Dewey | Douglas | Edmunds | Fall River | Faulk | Grant | Gregory | Haakon | Hamlin | Hand | Hanson | Harding | Hughes | Hutchinson | Hyde | Jackson | Jerauld | Jones | Kingsbury | Lake | Lawrence | Lincoln | Lyman | Marshall | McCook | McPherson | Meade | Mellette | Miner | Minnehaha | Moody | Pennington | Perkins | Potter | Roberts | Sanborn | Shannon | Spink | Stanley | Sully | Todd | Tripp | Turner | Union | Walworth | Yankton | Ziebach Aurora County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Beadle County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Bennett County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Bon Homme County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Brookings County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Brown County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Brule County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Buffalo County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Butte County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Campbell County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Charles Mix County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Clark County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Codington County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Corson County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Custer County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Davison County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Day County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Deuel County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Dewey County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Douglas County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Edmunds County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Fall River County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Faulk County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Grant County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Gregory County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Haakon County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Hamlin County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Hand County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Hanson County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Harding County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Hughes County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Hutchinson County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Hyde County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Jackson County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Jerauld County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Jones County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Kingsbury County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Lake County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Lawrence County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Lyman County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Marshall County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... McCook County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... McPherson County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Meade County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Mellette County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Miner County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Minnehaha County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Moody County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Pennington County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Perkins County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Potter County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Roberts County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Sanborn County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Shannon County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Spink County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Stanley County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Sully County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Todd County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Tripp County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Turner County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Union County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Walworth County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ... Yankton County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. ... Ziebach County is a county located in the state of South Dakota. ...

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