Political party strength in South Dakota

The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of South Dakota:

The table also indicates the historical party composition in the:

For years in which a presidential election was held, the table indicates which party's candidate received the state's electoral votes.

The parties are as follows:   Democratic (D),   Independent (I),   Populist (P),   Republican (R), and   a tie or coalition within a group of elected officials.

Year Executive offices State Legislature Pub. Util. Comm. United States Congress Electoral College votes
Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Atty. Gen. Auditor Treasurer Comm. of Lands State Senate State House U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House
1889 Arthur C. Mellette (R)[1] James H. Fletcher (R) Amund O. Ringsrud (R) Robert Dollard (R) L. C. Taylor (R) W. W. Taylor (R) Osner H. Parker (R) 37R, 4D, 4I 106R, 13D, 2P, 2I, 1 Fus. Richard F. Pettigrew (R) Gideon C. Moody (R) 2R
1891 George H. Hoffman (R) Thomas H. Ruth (R) 22R, 10I, 8D, 3P, 2? 58D, 33I, 20R, 10P, 1 Fus.[2] James H. Kyle (P)[3]
1892 Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid (R) Red XN
1893 Charles H. Sheldon (R) Charles N. Herreid (R) Thomas Thorson (R) Coe I. Crawford (R) J. E. Hipple (R) 35R, 4D, 3I, 1P 69R, 8I, 4D, 2P
1895 K L. Philpps (R) J.L. Lockhurt (R) 35R, 3D, 3P, 3 Fus., 1I 69R, 11P, 2D, 2I 3R
1896 William Jennings Bryan and Arthur Sewall (D/Populist) Red XN
1897 Andrew E. Lee (P) Daniel T. Hindman (R) William H. Roddle (R) Melvin Grigsby (Pop.) J. E. Mayhew (R) 20R, 15 Fus., 6P, 2D 39R, 18 Fus., 17P, 9D, 1I 3P James H. Kyle (R)[4] 2P
1899 Andrew E. Lee (F)[5] John T. Kean (R) John L. Pyle (R)[6] J. D. Reeves (R) John Schaber (R) David Eastman (R) 31R, 6 Fus., 4D, 4P 61R, 15 Fus., 9D, 2P 2P, 1R 2R
1900 William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt (R) Green tickY
1901 Charles N. Herreid (R) George W. Snow (R) O. C. Berg (R) 41R, 2 Fus., 1D, 1P 79R, 7D, 1 Fus. 2R, 1P Robert J. Gamble (R) Alfred B. Kittredge (R)
1902 A. W. Burtt (R)
1903 Philo Hall (R) J. F. Halladay (R) C.W. Collins (R) C.J. Bach (R) 41R, 3D, 1 Fus. 77R, 8D, 2 Fus. 3R
1904 Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks (R) Green tickY
1905 Samuel H. Elrod (R) John E. McDougall (R) David D. Wipf (R) 42R, 2P, 1D 86R, 2D, 1 Fus.
1907 Coe I. Crawford (R) Howard C. Shober (R) S. Wesley Clark (R) John Hirning (R) C. Cassill (R) O. C. Dokken (R) 35R, 8D, 1P, 1 Fus. 80R, 9D
1908 William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman (R) Green tickY
1909 Robert S. Vessey (R) Samuel C. Polley (R) G. Johnson (R) 38R, 6D, 1P 92R, 9D, 1P, 1I Coe I. Crawford (R)
1911 Frank M. Byrne (R) Royal C. Johnson (R) H. B. Anderson (R) F. F. Brinkler (R) 32R, 11D, 1P, 1I 97R, 5D, 1P, 1I
1912 Theodore Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson (P) Red XN
1913 Frank M. Byrne (R) Edward Lincoln Abel (R) Frank Galsner(R) A. W. Ewert (R) 34R, 11D 89R, 13D, 1I Thomas Sterling (R) 3R
1915 Peter Norbeck (R) Frank M. Rood (R) Clarence C. Caldwell (R) J. E. Handlin (R) Fred Hepperle (R) 84R, 19D Edwin S. Johnson (D) 2R, 1D
1916 Charles Evans Hughes and Charles W. Fairbanks (R) Red XN
1917 Peter Norbeck (R) William H. McMaster (R) Mr. Helgerson (R) N. E. Knight (R) 35R, 10D 89R, 14D
1919 C. A. Burkhart[7] Byron S. Payne (R) Jay Reeves (R) 43R, 2D 88R, 11D, 3I, 1?
1920 Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (R) Green tickY
1921 William H. McMaster (R) Carl Gunderson (R) W. S. O'Brein (R) 44R, 1D 95R, 4D, 4I Peter Norbeck (R) 3R
1922 Clarence E. Coyne (R)
1923 Buell F. Jones (R) E. A. Jones (R) 34R, 9D, 2I 84R, 12D, 5I, 1 Fus.
1924 Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes (R) Green tickY
1925 Carl Gunderson (R) Alva Clark Forney (R) J. L. Driscoll (R) O. J. Englstorm (R) 35R, 9D, 1FL 85R, 15D, 2I, 1 Fus. William H. McMaster (R)
1927 William J. Bulow (D) Hyatt E. Covey (R) Gladys Pyle (R) A. J. Moodie (R) 29R, 16D 77R, 25D, 1?
1928 Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R) Green tickY
1929 John T. Grigsby (D)[8] Merrill Q. Sharpe (R) William M. Dunn (R) 33R, 12D 82R, 21D
1931 Warren E. Green (R) Odell K. Whitney (R) Elizabeth Coyne (R) A. C. Goodhope (R) 31R, 14D 79R, 24D William J. Bulow (D)
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner (D) Green tickY
1933 Tom Berry (D) Hans Ustrud (D) Myrtle Morrison (D) Walter Conway (D) George O'Neill (D) F. Stewart (D) Ben Strool (D) 30D, 15R 69D, 34R 2R, 1D 2D
1935 Robert Peterson (D) 32D, 13R 63D, 40R 2D, 1R
1937 Leslie Jensen (R) Donald McMurchie (R) Goldie Wells (D) Clair Roddewig (D) Raymond A. Kelly (D) W.H. Hinselman (D) 23R, 22D 66R, 37D 2R, 1D Herbert E. Hitchcock (D) 1D, 1R
1938 Gladys Pyle (R)
1939 Harlan J. Bushfield (R) Olive A. Ringsrud (R) Leo A. Temmey (R) W. W. Warner (R) W. G. Douglas (R) Earl Hammerquest (R) 30R, 5D 62R, 13D 3R John Chandler Gurney (R) 2R
1940 Wendell L. Willkie and Charles L. McNary (R) Red XN
1941 A. C. Miller (R) 31R, 4D 65R, 10D
1942 John N. Thompson
1943 Merrell Q. Sharpe (R) L. M. Larsen (R) George T. Mickelson (R) E. V. Youngquist (R)[9] John A. Lunden (R) 69R, 6D Harlan J. Bushfield[10] (R)
1944 Thomas E. Dewey and John W. Bricker (R) Red XN
1945 Sioux K. Grigsby (R) Steve E. Anderson Hazel Dean 35R 72R, 3D
1947 George T. Mickelson (R) Annamae Riff (R) Sigurd Anderson (R) C.E. Buehler 71R, 4D
1948 Thomas E. Dewey and Earl Warren (R) Red XN
1949 Rex A. Terry (R) Renard Linn (R) 27R, 8D 64R, 11D Karl E. Mundt (R)[10]
1950 James O. Gilkerson
1951 Sigurd Anderson (R) Geraldine Ostroot (R) Ralph A. Dunham (R) T. Mehlaf (R) 29R, 6D 66R, 9D Francis H. Case (R)
1952 Lawrence E. Mayes Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard M. Nixon (R) Green tickY
1953 35R 73R, 2D
1955 Joe Foss (R) L. Roy Houck (R) Phil Saunders (R) Ed Elkins (R) 29R, 6D 57R, 18D
1956 F. A. Allbee
1957 Clara Halls (R) 18R, 17D 48R, 27D 1D, 1R
1958 Oscar Brosz
1959 Ralph E. Herseth (D) John F. Lindley (D) Selma Sandness (D) Parnell J. Donahue (D) Harriet Horning (D) Al Hamre (R) 20D, 15R 43R, 32D
1960 Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (R) Red XN
1961 Archie M. Gubbrud (R) Joseph H. Bottum (R) Essie Wiedenman (R) A. C. Miller (R) Betty Lou Casey 23R, 12D 57R, 18D 2R
1962 Joseph H. Bottum (R)[11]
1963 Nils A. Boe (R) Frank L. Farrar (R) Al Hamre (R) 26R, 9D 58R, 17D George S. McGovern (D)
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey (D) Green tickY
1965 Nils A. Boe (R) Lem Overpeck (R) Alma Larson (R) L. Jorgenson (R) 19R, 15D, 1I 45R, 30D
1967 Lloyd Jorgenson 29R, 6D 64R, 11D
1968 Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew (R) Green tickY
1969 Frank L. Farrar (R) James Abdnor (R) Gordon J. Mydland (R) Alice Kundert (R) Neal Strand (R) 27R, 8D 59R, 16D
1971 Richard F. Kneip (D)[12] William Dougherty (D) Ralph Ginn (R)[13] 24R, 11D 45R, 30D 2R, 1D 2D
1973 Lorna B. Herseth (D) Kermit A. Sande (D) David Volk (R) George Kane (D) 18D, 17R 35R, 35D[14] 2D, 1R James G. Abourezk (D) 1D, 1R
1975 Harvey L. Wollman (D)[15] William J. Janklow (R) 19D, 16R 37R, 33D 3D 2R
1976 Gerald R. Ford and Bob Dole (R) Red XN
1977 24R, 11D 48R, 22D 2D, 1R
1978 Harvey L. Wollman (D)[15] vacant[15]
1979 William J. Janklow (R) Lowell C. Hansen II (R) Alice Kundert (R) Mark Meierhenry (R) Vern Larson (R) John J. Gerken (R) Larry Pressler (R) 1D, 1R
1980 Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (R) Green tickY
1981 25R, 10D 49R, 21D 2R, 1D James Abdnor (R)
1983 F. Julian Cheney (R) 26R, 9D 52R, 18D 2D, 1R Tom Daschle (D)
1984 David Volk (R)
1985 John J. Gerken (R) 25R, 10D 57R, 13D
1987 George S. Mickelson (R)[16] Walter Dale Miller (R) Joyce Hazeltine (R) Roger Tellinghuisen (R) Timothy Amdahl (R) 24R, 11D 48R, 22D 3D Tom Daschle (D) Tim Johnson (D)
1988 George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Green tickY
1989 20R, 15D 46R, 24D 2D, 1R
1991 Mark Barnett (R) G. Homer Harding (R) Curt Johnson (D) 18R, 17D 45R, 25D
1992 George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R) Red XN
1993 Walter Dale Miller (R)[16] Steve T. Kirby (R)[16] 20D, 15R 41R, 29D
1995 William J. Janklow (R) Carole Hillard (R) Dick Butler (D) 19R, 16D 45R, 24D, 1I
1996 Bob Dole and Jack Kemp (R) Red XN
1997 22R, 13D 47R, 23D Tim Johnson (D) John Thune (R)
1999 52R, 18D
2000 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R) Green tickY
2001 24R, 11D 50R, 20D
2003 Mike Rounds (R) Dennis Daugaard (R) Chris Nelson (R) Larry Long (R) Rich Sattgast (R) Vern Larson (R) Bryce Healy (D) 26R, 9D 49R, 21D 2R, 1D William J. Janklow (R)[17]
2004 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)[18]
2005 25R, 10D 51R, 19D 3R John Thune (R)
2007 Jarrod Johnson (R) 20R, 15D 50R, 20D 2R, 1D
2008 John McCain and Sarah Palin (R) Red XN
2009 21R, 14D 46R, 24D
2010 Marty Jackley (R)
2011 Dennis Daugaard (R) Matt Michels (R) Jason Gant (R) Steve Barnett (R) Rich Sattgast (R) 30R, 5D 50R, 19D, 1I 3R Kristi Noem (R)
2012 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R) Red XN
2013 Vern Larson (R) 28R, 7D 53R, 17D
2015 Shantel Krebs (R) Ryan Brunner (R) 27R, 8D 58R, 12D Mike Rounds (R)
2016 Donald Trump and Mike Pence (R) Green tickY
2017 29R, 6D 60R, 10D
2019 Kristi Noem (R) Larry Rhoden (R) Steve Barnett (R) Jason Ravnsborg (R) Rich Sattgast (R) Josh Haeder (R) 30R, 5D 59R, 11D Dusty Johnson (R)
Year Governor Lt. Governor Sec. of State Atty. Gen. Auditor Treasurer Comm. of Lands State Senate State House Pub. Util. Comm. U.S. Senator (Class II) U.S. Senator (Class III) U.S. House Electoral College votes
Executive offices State Legislature United States Congress

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Arthur C. Mellette had served as the final governor of Dakota Territory prior to his election as the first governor of the State of South Dakota.
  2. ^ A Independent Republican Speaker, Charles X. Seward, was elected with the support of Democrats, Independents, Populists, and members of the Farmers' Alliance who ran as Independents. This alliance, with the Farmers' Alliance and the Populists being predominant ran and organized the chamber. p.343
  3. ^ James H. Kyle was a member of the Populist Party in his first term. After he was re-elected in 1897, with the Populist Party dissolving, he joined the Republican Party.
  4. ^ Kyle died in office July 1, 1901. See "James H. Kyle" at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  5. ^ Andrew E. Lee won re-election on the Fusion ticket in 1898. In 1898, the Fusion Party was a coalition of Democrats and Populists; in 1900 it consisted of Democrats, Populists and Silver Republicans.
  6. ^ John L. Pyle died in office on February 21, 1902.
  7. ^ Secretary of State C.A. Burkhart died in office in 1922.
  8. ^ Clarence E. Coyne won the 1928 election for lieutenant governor. He took office in January but died after only five months in office on May 27, 1929. John T. Grigsby was appointed by then-Governor William J. Bulow to serve out Coyne's term.
  9. ^ E. V. Youngquist died in office on July 8, 1945.
  10. ^ a b Senator Harlan J. Bushfield died in office on September 27, 1948. His wife Vera C. Bushfield was appointed to fill her husband's term on October 6, 1948; she then resigned the seat on December 26, 1948. The seat was vacant for five days until Karl E. Mundt was appointed on December 31, 1948; he had won election to a full term in the seat on November 2, 1948.
  11. ^ Joseph H. Bottum was appointed United States Senator on July 9, 1962. No appointment was made to fill the vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor.
  12. ^ Richard F. Kneip was the last South Dakota governor to serve a two-year term (1971-73 and 1973-75), and the first elected to a four-year term (in the 1974 election).
  13. ^ Ginn died in office in 1972 and on July 24, 1972, Governor Kneip appointed George Kane (D) to fill the unexpired term.
  14. ^ A Democrat, Gene N. LeBrun, was elected Speaker, and the Democrats organized and ran the House. p. 110, 112
  15. ^ a b c On July 24, 1978, Governor Kneip resigned to become United States Ambassador to Singapore. Lieutenant Governor Harvey L. Wollman succeeded to the office of governor on that date and served until January 1, 1979. The office of Lieutenant Governor remained vacant for the remainder of the term.
  16. ^ a b c Governor George S. Mickelson died in a plane crash on April 19, 1993. Lieutenant Governor Walter Dale Miller succeeded to the office of governor. Steve T. Kirby was appointed lieutenant governor.
  17. ^ Resigned.
  18. ^ First elected in special election.