List of United States senators from South Dakota

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Current delegation

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).

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List of senators

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020. The next election will be in 2026.

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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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Richard Pettigrew
RepublicanNovember 2, 1889 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in 1889.1 51st 1 Elected in 1889.

Lost re-election.
November 2, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
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Gideon C. Moody
1
52nd 2 Elected February 16, 1891. [1] March 4, 1891 –
July 1, 1901
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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
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Robert J. Gamble
RepublicanMarch 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
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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
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Coe I. Crawford
4
62nd
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Thomas Sterling
RepublicanMarch 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1925
Elected January 22, 1913.5 63rd
64th 6 Elected in 1914.

Retired.
March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1921
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Edwin S. Johnson
5
65th
Re-elected in 1918.

Lost renomination.
6 66th
67th 7 Elected in 1920.March 4, 1921 –
December 20, 1936
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Peter Norbeck
6
68th
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William McMaster
RepublicanMarch 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1931
Elected in 1924.

Lost re-election.
7 69th
70th 8 Re-elected in 1926.
71st
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William J. Bulow
DemocraticMarch 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
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Herbert Hitchcock
7
Re-elected in 1936.

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

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

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

Lost renomination.
80th
VacantSeptember 27, 1948 –
October 6, 1948
 
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Vera Bushfield
RepublicanOctober 6, 1948 –
December 26, 1948
Appointed to finish her husband's term.

Resigned when successor appointed.
VacantDecember 26, 1948 –
December 31, 1948
 
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Karl E. Mundt
RepublicanDecember 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
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Francis H. Case
10
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
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Joseph H. Bottum
11
88th 14 Elected in 1962.January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
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George McGovern
12
89th
Re-elected in 1966.

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

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

Lost re-election.
95th
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Larry Pressler
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
Elected in 1978.16 96th
97th 17 Elected in 1980.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
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James Abdnor
13
98th
Re-elected in 1984.17 99th
100th 18 Elected in 1986.January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 2005
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Tom Daschle
14
101st
Re-elected in 1990.

Lost re-election.
18 102nd
103rd 19 Re-elected in 1992.
104th
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Tim Johnson
DemocraticJanuary 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
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John Thune
15
110th
Re-elected in 2008.

Retired.
21 111th
112th 22 Re-elected in 2010.
113th
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Mike Rounds
RepublicanJanuary 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014.22 114th
115th 23 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
Re-elected in 2020.23 117th
118th 24To be determined in the 2022 election.
119th
To be determined in the 2026 election.24 120th
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Class 2 Class 3

Living former senators

As of January 2021, there are four living former senators from South Dakota. The most recent senator to die was George McGovern (served 1963–1981) on October 21, 2012. The most recently serving senator to die was James Abdnor (served 1981–1987) on May 16, 2012.

SenatorTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
James Abourezk 1973–1979February 24, 1931 (age 89)
Larry Pressler 1979–1997March 29, 1942 (age 78)
Tom Daschle 1987–2005December 9, 1947 (age 73)
Tim Johnson 1997–2015December 28, 1946 (age 74)

See also

Notes

  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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