The Senate is the upper house of the South Dakota Legislature. It consists of 35 members, one representing each legislative district. It meets at the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre.

South Dakota Senate
South Dakota Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
4 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 10, 2023
Larry Rhoden (R)
since January 5, 2019
President pro tempore
Lee Schoenbeck (R)
since January 8, 2021
Majority Leader
Casey Crabtree (R)
since January 10, 2023
Minority Leader
Reynold Nesiba (D)
since January 10, 2023
Political groups
Majority party
  •   Republican (31)

Minority party

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, South Dakota Constitution
Salary$12,850.80/session + $151 per legislative day[a][1]
Last election
November 8, 2022
(35 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(35 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
South Dakota State Capitol
Pierre, South Dakota
South Dakota State Legislature

Composition edit

98th Legislature (2023)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic
91st Legislature 29 6 35
92nd Legislature 32 3 35
98th Legislature 31 4 35
Latest voting share 89% 11%

Officers edit

Position Name Party District
President Pro Tem of the Senate Lee Schoenbeck Republican 5
Majority Leader Casey Crabtree Republican 8
Assistant Majority Leader Michael Diedrich Republican 34
Majority Whips Helene Duhamel Republican 32
Jack Kolbeck Republican 13
Ryan Maher Republican 28
David Wheeler Republican 22
Minority Leader Reynold Nesiba Democratic 15
Assistant Minority Leader Shawn Bordeaux Democratic 26
Minority Whip Liz Larson Democratic 10

List of current senators edit

Current makeup of the South Dakota Senate
District Senator Party Since Residence Counties represented
1st Michael Rohl Republican 2021 Aberdeen Brown, Day, Marshall, Roberts
2nd Steve Kolbeck Republican 2023 Brandon Brown, Clark, Hamlin, Spink
3rd Al Novstrup Republican 2017 Aberdeen Brown
4th John Wiik Republican 2017 Big Stone City Brookings, Codington, Deuel, Grant
5th Lee Schoenbeck Republican 2019 Watertown Codington
6th Herman Otten Republican 2021 Lennox Lincoln
7th Tim Reed Republican 2023 Brookings Brookings
8th Casey Crabtree Republican 2020 Madison Lake, Miner, Moody, Sanborn
9th Brent "B.R." Hoffman Republican 2023 Sioux Falls Minnehaha
10th Liz Larson Democratic 2023 Sioux Falls Minnehaha
11th Jim Stalzer Republican 2017 Sioux Falls Minnehaha
12th Arch Beal Republican 2023 Sioux Falls Lincoln, Minnehaha
13th Jack Kolbeck Republican 2017 Sioux Falls Lincoln, Minnehaha
14th Larry Zikmund Republican 2021 Sioux Falls Minnehaha
15th Reynold Nesiba Democratic 2017 Sioux Falls Minnehaha
16th Jim Bolin Republican 2017 Canton Lincoln, Union
17th Sydney Davis Republican 2023 Burbank Clay, Union
18th Jean Hunhoff Republican 2021 Yankton Yankton
19th Kyle Schoenfish Republican 2020 Scotland Bon Homme, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook
20th Joshua Klumb Republican 2017 Mitchell Aurora, Davison, Jerauld
21st Erin Tobin Republican 2021 Winner Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Gregory, Tripp
22nd David Wheeler Republican 2021 Huron Beadle, Kingsbury
23rd Bryan Breitling Republican 2021 Miller Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter, Spink, Walworth
24th Jim Mehlhaff Republican 2023 Pierre Hughes, Hyde, Stanley, Sully
25th Tom Pischke Republican 2023 Dell Rapids Minnehaha
26th Shawn Bordeaux Democratic 2023 Mission Brule, Buffalo, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Todd
27th Red Dawn Foster Democratic 2019 Pine Ridge Bennett, Haakon, Jackson, Oglala Lakota, Pennington
28th Ryan Maher Republican 2017 Isabel Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Perkins, Ziebach
29th Dean Wink Republican 2023 Howes Butte, Meade, Pennington
30th Julie Frye-Mueller Republican 2021 Rapid City Custer, Fall River, Pennington
31st Randy Deibert Republican 2023 Spearfish Lawrence
32nd Helene Duhamel Republican 2019 Rapid City Pennington
33rd David Johnson Republican 2021 Rapid City Meade, Pennington
34th Michael Diedrich Republican 2021 Rapid City Pennington
35th Mike Walsh Republican 2024 Rapid City Pennington

Diversity among senators edit

In 2010, Democrat Angie Buhl became the first openly LGBT person ever elected to the state legislature.[2] She served from 2011 – 2017.

Past composition of the Senate edit

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Legislative pay must be one-fifth of median household income of South Dakota

External links edit

References edit

  1. ^ "S.D. Legislators' salary raise strains budget". November 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Reese, Phil. "2012 proving busy year for Victory Fund". Washington Blade. Retrieved April 26, 2012.