List of United States Senators from South Dakota

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South Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, and elects senators to Class 2 and Class 3. Its current senators are Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds.

List of Senators

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, and 2010. The next election will be in 2016.

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1 RichardFPettigrew.jpg
Richard F. Pettigrew
Republican November 2, 1889 –
March 4, 1901
Elected in 1889 1 51st Congress 1 Elected in 1889.

Lost re-election.
November 2, 1889 –
March 4, 1891
Republican GideonMoody.jpg
Gideon C. Moody
1
52nd Congress 2 Elected in 1890 March 4, 1891 –
July 1, 1901
Independent James Henderson Kyle.jpg
James H. Kyle
2
53rd Congress Populist
Re-elected in 1894.

Lost re-election.
2 54th Congress
Silver
Republican
55th Congress 3 Re-elected in 1896.

Died.
56th Congress
2 Robert Gamble.jpg
Robert J. Gamble
Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1913
Elected in 1900 3 57th Congress Republican
  July 1, 1901 –
July 11, 1901
Vacant
Appointed to finish Kyle's term July 11, 1901 –
March 4, 1909
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Alfred B. Kittredge
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58th Congress 4 Elected in 1902.

Lost renomination.
59th Congress
Re-elected in 1906.

Lost renomination.
4 60th Congress
61st Congress 5 Elected in 1908.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1909 –
March 4, 1915
Republican Crawfordcoe.jpg
Coe I. Crawford
4
62nd Congress
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Thomas Sterling
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1925
Elected in 1912 5 63rd Congress
64th Congress 6 Elected in 1914.

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

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

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

Died.
74th Congress
  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 E. Hitchcock
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Re-elected in 1936.

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

Retired.
November 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
Republican Gladys Pyle.jpg
Gladys Pyle
8
76th Congress 10 Elected in 1938 January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1951
Republican John Chandler Gurney.jpg
John Chandler Gurney
9
77th Congress
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Harlan J. Bushfield
Republican January 3, 1943 –
September 27, 1948
Elected in 1942.

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

Lost renomination.
80th Congress
Vacant September 27, 1948 –
October 6, 1948
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Vera C. 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
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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 Congress
82nd Congress 12 Elected in 1950 January 3, 1951 –
June 22, 1962
Republican Francis Higbee Case.jpg
Francis H. Case
10
83rd Congress
Re-elected in 1954 12 84th Congress
85th Congress 13 Re-elected in 1956.

Died.
86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960 13 87th Congress
  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
11
88th Congress 14 Elected in 1962 January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
Democratic George McGovern bioguide.jpg
George McGovern
12
89th Congress
Re-elected in 1966.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living former U.S. Senators from South Dakota

As of May 2015, there are four former Senators who are living, three from Class 2 and one from Class 3.

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