Political party strength in South Dakota

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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) 36R, 6D, 1P Richard F. Pettigrew (R) Gideon C. Moody (R)
1891 George H. Hoffman (R) Thomas H. Ruth (R) 23R, 8D, 15 James H. Kyle (P)[2]
1892 Benjamin Harrison and Whitelaw Reid (R)
1893 Charles H. Sheldon (R) Charles N. Herreid (R) Thomas Thorson (R) Coe I. Crawford (R) J. E. Hipple (R) 35R, 4D, 5
1895 K L. Philpps (R) J.L. Lockhurt (R) 36R, 4D, 4
1896 William Jennings Bryan and Arthur Sewall (P)[3]
1897 Andrew E. Lee (P) Daniel T. Hindman (R) William H. Roddle (R) Melvin Grigsby (R) J. E. Mayhew (R) 20R, 2D, 21 James H. Kyle (R)[4]
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) 30R, 1D, 14
1900 William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt (R)
1901 Charles N. Herreid (R) George W. Snow (R) O. C. Berg (R) 39R, 1D, 5 79R, 5D, 3 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 76R, 6D, 5
1904 Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks (R)
1905 Samuel H. Elrod (R) John E. McDougall (R) David D. Wipf (R) 41R, 2D, 2 87R, 2D
1907 Coe I. Crawford (R) Howard C. Shober (R) S. Wesley Clark (R) John Hirning (R) C. Cassill (R) O. C. Dokken (R) 38R, 7D 80R, 9D
1908 William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman (R)
1909 Robert S. Vessey (R) Samuel C. Polley (R) G. Johnson (R) 39R, 6D 95R, 9D Coe I. Crawford (R)
1911 Frank M. Byrne (R) Royal C. Johnson (R) H. B. Anderson (R) F. F. Brinkler (R) 33R, 11D, 1 99R, 4D, 1
1912 Theodore Roosevelt and Hiram Johnson (P)
1913 Frank M. Byrne (R) Edward Lincoln Abel (R) Frank Galsner(R) A. W. Ewert (R) 88R, 14D, 1 Thomas Sterling (R)
1915 Peter Norbeck (R) Frank M. Rood (R) Clarence C. Caldwell (R) J. E. Handlin (R) Fred Hepperle (R) 35R, 10D 85R, 18D Edwin S. Johnson (D)
1916 Charles Evans Hughes and Charles W. Fairbanks (R)
1917 Peter Norbeck (R) William H. McMaster (R) Mr. Helgerson (R) N. E. Knight (R) 91R, 12D
1919 C. A. Burkhart[7] Byron S. Payne (R) Jay Reeves (R) 43R, 2D 90R, 10D, 3
1920 Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (R)
1921 William H. McMaster (R) Carl Gunderson (R) W. S. O'Brein (R) 44R, 1D 94R, 4D, 5 Peter Norbeck (R)
1922 Clarence E. Coyne (R)
1923 Buell F. Jones (R) E. A. Jones (R) 34R, 9D, 2 84R, 10D, 9
1924 Calvin Coolidge and Charles G. Dawes (R)
1925 Carl Gunderson (R) Alva Clark Forney (R) J. L. Driscoll (R) O. J. Englstorm (R) 34R, 10D, 1 85R, 11D, 7 William H. McMaster (R)
1927 William J. Bulow (D) Hyatt E. Covey (R) Gladys Pyle (R) A. J. Moodie (R) 35R, 10D 29R, 16D
1928 Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis (R)
1929 John T. Grigsby (D)[8] Merrill Q. Sharpe (R) William M. Dunn (R) 33R, 12D 83R, 20D
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)
1933 Tom Berry (D) Hans Ustrud (D) Myrtle Morrison (D) Walter Conway (D) George O'Neill (D) F. Stewart (D) Ben Strool (D) 16R, 29D 33R, 70D 2D
1935 Robert Peterson (D) 14R, 31D 40R, 63D
1937 Leslie Jensen (R) Donald McMurchie (R) Goldie Wells (D) Clair Roddewig (D) Raymond A. Kelly (D) W.H. Hinselman (D) 22R, 23D 66R, 37D 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 John Chandler Gurney (R) 2R
1940 Wendell L. Willkie and Charles L. McNary (R)
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) 31R, 4D 69R, 6D Harlan J. Bushfield[10] (R)
1944 Thomas E. Dewey and John W. Bricker (R)
1945 Sioux K. Grigsby (R) Steve E. Anderson Hazel Dean 35R, 0D 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)
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)
1953 35R, 0D 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) 15R, 20D 43R, 32D
1960 Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (R)
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)
1965 Nils A. Boe (R) Lem Overpeck (R) Alma Larson (R) L. Jorgenson (R) 18R, 16D, 1 45R, 30D
1967 Lloyd Jorgenson 29R, 6D 64R, 11D
1968 Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew (R)
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 46R, 29D 2D
1973 Lorna B. Herseth (D) Kermit A. Sande (D) David Volk (R) George Kane (D) 17R, 18D 35R, 35D James G. Abourezk (D) 1D, 1R
1975 Harvey L. Wollman (D)[14] William J. Janklow (R) 16R, 19D 37R, 33D 2R
1976 Gerald R. Ford and Bob Dole (R)
1977 24R, 11D 48R, 22D
1978 Harvey L. Wollman (D)[14] vacant[14]
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)
1981 25R, 10D 49R, 21D James Abdnor (R)
1983 F. Julian Cheney (R) 26R, 9D 54R, 16D Tom Daschle (D)
1984 David Volk (R)
1985 John J. Gerken (R) 25R, 10D 57R, 13D
1987 George S. Mickelson (R)[15] Walter Dale Miller (R) Joyce Hazelton (R) Roger Tellinghuisen (R) Timothy Amdahl (R) 24R, 11D 48R, 22D Tom Daschle (D) Tim Johnson (D)
1988 George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle (R)
1989 20R, 15D 46R, 24D
1991 Mark Barnett (R) G. Homer Harding (R) Curt Johnson (D) 18R, 17D 45R, 25D
1993 Walter Dale Miller (R)[15] Steve T. Kirby (R)[15] 15R, 20D 41R, 29D
1995 William J. Janklow (R) Carole Hillard (R) Dick Butler (D) 19R, 16D 46R, 24D
1996 Bob Dole and Jack Kemp (R)
1997 22R, 13D 48R, 22D Tim Johnson (D) John Thune (R)
1999 22R, 13D 51R, 19D
2000 George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R)
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 William J. Janklow (R)[16]
2004 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)[17]
2005 25R, 10D 51R, 19D John R. Thune (R)
2007 Jarrod Johnson (R) 20R, 15D 50R, 20D 2R, 1D
2008 John McCain and Sarah Palin (R)
2009 20R, 14D, 1I 46R, 24D
2010 Marty Jackley (R)
2011 Dennis Daugaard (R) Matthew Michels (R) Jason Gant (R) Steve Barnett (R) Rich Sattgast (R) 30R, 5D 50R, 19D, 1I Kristi Noem (R)
2012 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (R)
2013 Vern Larson (R) 28R, 7D 53R, 17D
2015 Shantel Krebs (R) Ryan Brunner (R) 27R, 8D 58R, 12D Mike Rounds (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


  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. ^ 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. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_H._Kyle.
  3. ^ The Democratic Party did not appear on the ballot in any of the statewide contests in 1896.
  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 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Resigned.
  17. ^ First elected in special election.

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