South Dakota's 1st congressional district

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For the current district, see South Dakota's At-large congressional district.

South Dakota's 1st congressional district is now obsolete. It existed from 1913 to 1983.

When South Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889, it was allocated two congressional seats, both of which were elected statewide at-large. This continued until South Dakota received a third congressional seat after the 1910 Census, and individual districts were established.

From 1913 until 1933, the newly created 1st District covered 21 counties in southeastern South Dakota, including the state's largest city Sioux Falls.[1] When South Dakota's 3rd congressional district was eliminated after the 1930 Census, the 1st District was expanded to include all of the counties in South Dakota east of the Missouri River.[2] Population changes eventually reduced the district size until it again covered just 21 counties in the eastern part of the state. During the 97th Congress, it included the cities of Aberdeen, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Vermillion, and Yankton.[3]

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1913
75px Charles H. Dillon Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919 Yankton Did not run for reelection in 1918
CharlesAChristopherson.jpg Charles A. Christopherson Republican March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933 Sioux Falls Unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932
75px Fred H. Hildebrandt Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939 Watertown Unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1938
KarlEarlMundt.jpeg Karl Earl Mundt Republican January 3, 1939 – December 30, 1948 Madison Appointed United States Senator
Vacant December 30, 1948 – January 3, 1949
75px Harold Lovre Republican January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1957 Hayti Unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1956
GeorgeStanleyMcGovern.png George McGovern Democratic January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1961 Mitchell Unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1960
Ben Reifel.jpg Ben Reifel Republican January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1971 Aberdeen Did not run for reelection in 1970
75px Frank E. Denholm Democratic January 3, 1971 - January 3, 1975 Brookings Defeated for reelection in 1974
Larry Pressler.jpg Larry Pressler Republican January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1979 Humboldt Elected United States Senator in 1978
Tom Daschle, official Senate photo.jpg Tom Daschle Democratic January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983 Aberdeen Redistricted to the At-large district in 1982
District eliminated January 3, 1983


  1. Official Congressional Directory, 63rd Congress (1913) through 72nd Congress (1931)
  2. Official Congressional Directory, 73rd Congress (1933)
  3. Official Congressional Directory, 9th Congress (1981)