|Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 13th district
January 2007 – January 2011
|Preceded by||Mary McClure|
|Succeeded by||Phyllis Heineman|
June 25, 1956 |
Miller, South Dakota, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of South Dakota School of Law
Scott Heidepriem (born June 25, 1956) is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota lawyer and politician, and a former Democratic member of the South Dakota Senate, representing the 13th district from 2007 to 2010. He was the 2010 Democratic nominee for Governor of South Dakota.
Early life and education
After high school Heidepriem attended the University of South Dakota where he studied history, political science, economics, and Latin. He graduated in 1978 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. During his undergraduate career, he was elected Student Body President. Heidepriem also received his Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in 1980 and a Master’s degree in history in 1983 from the University of South Dakota. He also attended John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Heidepriem has been married for 24 years to Susan, and they have two children.
In 1986, Heidepriem ran for the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota's At-large congressional district, but he lost to Dale Bell. In 2006, Scott Heidepriem was elected to the South Dakota State Senate in a Sioux Falls-based district as a Democrat, defeating two-term incumbent Republican Senator Dick Kelly by a thin 857-vote margin. Upon being sworn in, Heidepriem was unanimously elected by the Democratic caucus as the Minority Leader of the Senate. Heidepriem was narrowly re-elected to his second and final term in 2008 against State Representative Phyllis Heineman.
2010 gubernatorial election
Heidepriem was the Democratic nominee for Governor of South Dakota. He attempted to run on an unprecedented bi-partisan ticket by picking then Republican Ben Arndt as his running-mate. However, in late June, Arndt switched party affiliations to become a Democrat, as Secretary of State Chris Nelson would not certify the nomination otherwise, due to a state law requiring all candidates of a particular political party to belong to that party. Polls indicated that Heidepriem would have a difficult time winning in such a conservative state; this was validated when he lost the election with only 38.49% of the vote.
Heidepriem has written two books:
- Bring on the Pioneers!, The State Publishing Co. (1978), a history of Hand County
- A Fair Chance for a Free People, Leader Printing Company (1988), a biography of Karl E. Mundt.
- "Scott Heidepriem Introduces Running Mate Ben Arndt at Rapid City Press Conference". The Dakota Day. June 9, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2010.
- Dunsmoor, Ben (June 28, 2010). "Heidepriem's Running Mate Switches Parties". keloland.com. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
- "Election Night Results". Retrieved November 29, 2010.
- Senator Scott Heidepriem, Minority Leader official South Dakota Legislature site
- Scott Heidepriem at South Dakota Legislator Historical Listing
- Scott Heidepriem for Governor official campaign site
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Governor of South Dakota