Dave Knudson (politician)

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Dave Knudson
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Majority Leader of the South Dakota Senate
Assumed office
Preceded by Eric Bogue[1]
Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 14th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Barbara Everist[3]
Personal details
Born April 30, 1950[4]
Yankton, South Dakota[5]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) De Knudson[6]

Mark Knudson

Michael Knudson[7]
Residence Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Alma mater Harvard University (B.A.)
New York University (J.D.)
University of South Dakota (MBA)
Occupation Lawyer
Religion Lutheran
Website Website

David L. "Dave" Knudson (born April 30, 1950) is an American lawyer, former Majority Leader of the South Dakota Senate, and a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Knudson was born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota, and graduated from Yankton High School.[5][7][8]

Knudson majored in government and philosophy at Harvard University, and graduated with honors in 1972.[5][8] Following college, he attended New York University School of Law on a full scholarship through the Root-Tilden Scholar program, and graduated in 1975.[9][10] Knudson received his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1981.[5]

Knudson resides in Sioux Falls with his wife De, a member of the Sioux Falls City Council.[11] They married in 1976, and have two sons.[9]

2010 gubernatorial election[edit]

On December 21, 2008, Knudson filed paper work with South Dakota Secretary of State to start a campaign committee to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2010.[12] Knudson was the fourth candidate to enter the race.


  1. ^ "2006 Senate Directory - 81st Legislative Session" (PDF). South Dakota Legislature. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Senator Dave Knudson - Legislator Information". South Dakota Legislature. 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  3. ^ "South Dakota Legislature by District 2001-2002". South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  4. ^ "David L. Knudson". Historical Listing - Legislator Information. South Dakota Legislature Legislative Research Council. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ a b c d "David L. Knudson". Lawyer Profile. Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  6. ^ Brokaw, Chet (2004-02-07). "Panel Refuses Video Lottery Repeal". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-10-09. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Donald L. Knudson". Yankton Press & Dakotan. 2005-05-10. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  8. ^ a b "Yankton Student At Harvard Serves As Legislative Intern". Yankton Press & Dakotan. 1971-02-08. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  9. ^ a b "Meeting In The Aisle" (Google cache). South Dakotan Lawyer. University of South Dakota School of Law. Fall 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  10. ^ "Reunion 2000" (PDF). The Law School. New York University School of Law. Autumn 2000. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  11. ^ "De Knudson". City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  12. ^ Brokaw, Chet (2008-12-23). "Dave Knudson will run for governor". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 

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