Kermit A. Sande

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Kermit A. Sande
Kermit A. Sande, 24th Attorney General of South Dakota.jpg
24th Attorney General of South Dakota
In office
Personal details
Born(1943-02-23)February 23, 1943
Huron, South Dakota, United States
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceReston, Virginia
Alma materSouth Dakota State University
University of South Dakota

Kermit A. Sande (born February 23, 1943) is an American politician and attorney in the state of South Dakota. He served as Attorney General of South Dakota from 1973 to 1975, as a Democrat.

Education and career[edit]

He attended South Dakota State University graduating in 1964 and University of South Dakota School of Law graduating in 1968. He did not take the bar exam as he was admitted to the South Dakota bar under the state's diploma privilege. He was the Beadle County Attorney from 1970 to 1972.[1]

1972 South Dakota Attorney General election[edit]

Sande defeated Leonard Andrea of Chamberlain; Pat Kirby of Mitchell and John Keller of Chamberlain at the Democrat convention.[2] [3]

On April 5, 1972 Ron Scmidt announced he was running for the Republican nomination.[4] Schmidt was nominated by the Republican party at their convention after an unsuccessful run for the nomination in 1970 against incumbent Attorney General Gordon Mydland.[5] James Breenan of Rapid City had announced his candidacy, but withdrew before the voting began. [6]

Kermit won the general election by defeating Republican Ron Schmidt. Kermit received 152,835 (51.60%) votes and Ron received 143,367 (48.40%) votes. [7]

1974 South Dakota Attorney General election[edit]

Kermit was defeated in his bid for reelection by William Janklow. William received 173,658 (66.66%) votes and Kermit received 86,865 (33.34%) votes. [8]


  1. ^ "South Dakota legislative manual 1973". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ The Daily Republic, July 28, 1972, page 2
  3. ^ The Daily Plainsman, August 15, 1972
  4. ^ Sioux Falls Argus Leader, April 5, 1972, page 1
  5. ^ The Daily Republic, June 28, 1972, page 4
  6. ^ The Daily Republic, June 27, 1972, page 2
  7. ^ "Official Election Returns" (PDF). November 7, 1972. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Election Returns" (PDF). November 5, 1974. Retrieved May 25, 2019.

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Preceded by
Gordon Mydland
Attorney General of South Dakota
Succeeded by
William Janklow