List of United States senators from South Dakota

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). Karl E. Mundt is South Dakota's longest-serving senator (1948–1973).

Current delegation

List of senatorsEdit

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 2004, 2010, 2016, and 2022. The next election will be in 2028.

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
1  
Richard Pettigrew
Republican Nov 2, 1889 –
Mar 3, 1901
Elected in 1889. 1 51st 1 Elected in 1889.
Lost re-election.
Nov 2, 1889 –
Mar 3, 1891
Republican  
Gideon Moody
1
52nd 2 Elected in 1891.[1] Mar 4, 1891 –
Jul 1, 1901
Independent  
James H. Kyle
2
53rd Populist
Re-elected in 1894.
Lost re-election.
2 54th
Silver
Republican
55th 3 Re-elected in 1897.[2]
Died.
56th
2  
Robert J. Gamble
Republican Mar 4, 1901 –
Mar 3, 1913
Elected in 1901.[3] 3 57th Republican
  Jul 1, 1901 –
Jul 11, 1901
Vacant
Appointed to continue Kyle's term.
Elected in 1903 to finish Kyle's term.[4]
Jul 11, 1901 –
Mar 3, 1909
Republican  
Alfred B. Kittredge
3
58th 4 Elected to a full term in 1903.[5]
Lost renomination.
59th
Re-elected in 1907.
Lost renomination.
4 60th
61st 5 Elected in 1909.
Lost renomination.
Mar 4, 1909 –
Mar 3, 1915
Republican  
Coe Crawford
4
62nd
3  
Thomas Sterling
Republican Mar 4, 1913 –
Mar 3, 1925
Elected in 1913. 5 63rd
64th 6 Elected in 1914.
Retired.
Mar 4, 1915 –
Mar 3, 1921
Democratic  
Edwin S. Johnson
5
65th
Re-elected in 1918.
Lost renomination.
6 66th
67th 7 Elected in 1920. Mar 4, 1921 –
Dec 20, 1936
Republican  
Peter Norbeck
6
68th
4  
William McMaster
Republican Mar 4, 1925 –
Mar 3, 1931
Elected in 1924.
Lost re-election.
7 69th
70th 8 Re-elected in 1926.
71st
5  
William J. Bulow
Democratic Mar 4, 1931 –
Jan 3, 1943
Elected in 1930. 8 72nd
73rd 9 Re-elected in 1932.
Died.
74th
  Dec 20, 1936 –
Dec 29, 1936
Vacant
Appointed to continue Norbeck's term.
Lost election to finish Norbeck's term.
Dec 29, 1936 –
Nov 8, 1938
Democratic  
Herbert Hitchcock
7
Re-elected in 1936.
Lost renomination.
9 75th
Elected to finish Norbeck's term.
Retired.
Nov 9, 1938 –
Jan 3, 1939
Republican  
Gladys Pyle
8
76th 10 Elected in 1938. Jan 3, 1939 –
Jan 3, 1951
Republican  
John Gurney
9
77th
6  
Harlan Bushfield
Republican Jan 3, 1943 –
Sep 27, 1948
Elected in 1942.
Died.
10 78th
79th 11 Re-elected in 1944.
Lost renomination.
80th
Vacant Sep 27, 1948 –
Oct 6, 1948
 
7  
Vera Bushfield
Republican Oct 6, 1948 –
Dec 26, 1948
Appointed to finish her husband's term.
Resigned when successor appointed.
Vacant Dec 26, 1948 –
Dec 31, 1948
 
8  
Karl Mundt
Republican Dec 31, 1948 –
Jan 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. Jan 3, 1951 –
Jun 22, 1962
Republican  
Francis Case
10
83rd
Re-elected in 1954. 12 84th
85th 13 Re-elected in 1956.
Died.
86th
Re-elected in 1960. 13 87th
  Jun 22, 1962 –
Jul 9, 1962
Vacant
Appointed to finish Case's term.
Lost election to full term.
Jul 9, 1962 –
Jan 3, 1963
Republican  
Joseph H. Bottum
11
88th 14 Elected in 1962. Jan 3, 1963 –
Jan 3, 1981
Democratic  
George McGovern
12
89th
Re-elected in 1966.
Retired.
14 90th
91st 15 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd
9  
James Abourezk
Democratic Jan 3, 1973 –
Jan 3, 1979
Elected in 1972.
Retired.
15 93rd
94th 16 Re-elected in 1974.
Lost re-election.
95th
10  
Larry Pressler
Republican Jan 3, 1979 –
Jan 3, 1997
Elected in 1978. 16 96th
97th 17 Elected in 1980.
Lost re-election.
Jan 3, 1981 –
Jan 3, 1987
Republican  
James Abdnor
13
98th
Re-elected in 1984. 17 99th
100th 18 Elected in 1986. Jan 3, 1987 –
Jan 3, 2005
Democratic  
Tom Daschle
14
101st
Re-elected in 1990.
Lost re-election.
18 102nd
103rd 19 Re-elected in 1992.
104th
11  
Tim Johnson
Democratic Jan 3, 1997 –
Jan 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. Jan 3, 2005 –
Present
Republican  
John Thune
15
110th
Re-elected in 2008.
Retired.
21 111th
112th 22 Re-elected in 2010.
113th
12  
Mike Rounds
Republican Jan 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 22 114th
115th 23 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
Re-elected in 2020. 23 117th
118th 24 Re-elected in 2022.
119th
To be determined in the 2026 election. 24 120th
121st 25 To be determined in the 2028 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 2 Class 3

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.