List of Governors of South Dakota

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The Governor of South Dakota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of South Dakota. The current Governor is Dennis Daugaard. The Governor has the power to sign or veto laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly into emergency session. He has an ex officio North Dakota Governor's Residence. The governor may only serve two terms consecutively, and becomes eligible for reelection after four years out of office.[1]

The following is a list of Governors of the state of South Dakota, United States.

Governors of Dakota Territory[edit]

Governors of South Dakota[edit]

Parties

  Republican (26)   Populist (1)   Democratic (6)

# Portrait Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office Left office Party City elected from Notes
1 Governor Arthur C Mellette.jpg   Arthur C. Mellette
(1842–1896)
March 22, 1889 January 3, 1893 Republican Watertown [2]
2 Charles H. Sheldon.jpg   Charles H. Sheldon
(1840–1898)
January 3, 1893 January 1, 1897 Republican Pierpont
3 Andrew E. Lee.jpg   Andrew E. Lee
(1847–1934)
January 1, 1897 January 8, 1901 Populist Vermillion
4 Charles N. Herreid.jpg   Charles N. Herreid
(1857–1928)
January 8, 1901 January 3, 1905 Republican Eureka
5 Samuel H. Elrod 001.jpg   Samuel H. Elrod
(1856–1935)
January 3, 1905 January 8, 1907 Republican Clark
6 Crawfordcoe.jpg   Coe I. Crawford
(1858–1944)
January 8, 1907 January 5, 1909 Republican Huron
7 RobertSVessey.jpg   Robert S. Vessey
(1858–1929)
January 5, 1909 January 7, 1913 Republican Wessington Springs
8 FrankMByrne.jpg   Frank M. Byrne
(1858–1927)
January 7, 1913 January 2, 1917 Republican Faulkton [3]
9 PeterNorbeck R-SD.jpg   Peter Norbeck
(1870–1936)
January 2, 1917 January 4, 1921 Republican Redfield
10 WHMcMaster.jpg   William H. McMaster
(1877–1968)
January 4, 1921 January 6, 1925 Republican Yankton
11 Gundersoncarl.jpg   Carl Gunderson
(1864–1933)
January 6, 1925 January 4, 1927 Republican Mitchell
12 William John Bulow.jpg   William J. Bulow
(1869–1960)
January 4, 1927 January 6, 1931 Democratic Beresford
13 No image.svg   Warren Green
(1870–1945)
January 6, 1931 January 3, 1933 Republican Hazel
14 No image.svg   Tom Berry
(1879–1951)
January 3, 1933 January 5, 1937 Democratic Belvidere
15 No image.svg   Leslie Jensen
(1892–1964)
January 5, 1937 January 3, 1939 Republican Hot Springs
16 BushfieldH.jpg   Harlan J. Bushfield
(1882–1948)
January 3, 1939 January 5, 1943 Republican Miller
17 No image.svg   Merrill Q. Sharpe
(1883–1962)
January 5, 1943 January 7, 1947 Republican Kennebec
18 George T. Mickelson.jpg   George T. Mickelson
(1903–1965)
January 7, 1947 January 2, 1951 Republican Selby
19 No image.svg   Sigurd Anderson
(1904–1990)
January 2, 1951 January 4, 1955 Republican Webster
20 Joe Foss DM-SD-03-09574.JPG   Joe Foss
(1915–2003)
January 4, 1955 January 6, 1959 Republican Sioux Falls
21 No image.svg   Ralph Herseth
(1909–1969)
January 6, 1959 January 3, 1961 Democratic Houghton
22 Archie M. Gubbrud 1962.jpg   Archie M. Gubbrud
(1910–1987)
January 3, 1961 January 5, 1965 Republican Alcester
23 No image.svg   Nils Boe
(1913–1992)
January 5, 1965 January 7, 1969 Republican Sioux Falls
24 Frank Farrar.png   Frank Farrar
(1929–)
January 7, 1969 January 5, 1971 Republican Britton
25 No image.svg   Dick Kneip
(1933–1987)
January 5, 1971 July 24, 1978 Democratic Salem [4]
26 Harvey Wollman.png   Harvey L. Wollman
(1935–)
July 24, 1978 January 1, 1979 Democratic Hitchcock
27 Janklow.jpg   Bill Janklow
(1939–2012)
January 1, 1979 January 6, 1987 Republican Flandreau
28 George S. Mickelson.jpeg   George S. Mickelson
(1941–1993)
January 6, 1987 April 19, 1993 Republican Brookings [5]
29 Walter Miller.png   Walter Dale Miller
(1925–2015)
April 19, 1993 January 7, 1995 Republican New Underwood
30 Janklow.jpg   Bill Janklow
(1939–2012)
January 7, 1995 January 7, 2003 Republican Brandon
31 Mike Rounds official Senate portrait.jpg   Mike Rounds
(1954–)
January 7, 2003 January 8, 2011 Republican Pierre
32 Photo of Gov. Dennis Daugaard.jpg   Dennis Daugaard
(1953–)
January 8, 2011 Incumbent Republican Garretson

Other high offices held[edit]

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented South Dakota except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Coe I. Crawford 1907–1909 S
Peter Norbeck 1917–1921 S
William H. McMaster 1921–1925 S
William J. Bulow 1927–1931 S
Harlan J. Bushfield 1939–1943 S
Richard F. Kneip 1971–1978 United States Ambassador to Singapore*
Bill Janklow 1979–1987
1995–2003
H
Mike Rounds 2003–2011 S

Living former U.S. governors of South Dakota[edit]

As of September 2015, there were three former U.S. governors of South Dakota still alive, the oldest U.S. governor of South Dakota being Frank Farrar (served 1969–1971, born 1929). The most recent U.S. governor of South Dakota to die was Walter Dale Miller (served 1993–1995, born 1925), on September 28, 2015. The most recently serving governor to die was Bill Janklow (served 1979-1987 and 1995-2003, born 1939) on January 12, 2012.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Frank Farrar 1969–1971 (1929-04-02) April 2, 1929 (age 87)
Harvey L. Wollman 1978–1979 (1935-05-14) May 14, 1935 (age 81)
Mike Rounds 2003–2011 (1954-10-24) October 24, 1954 (age 61)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "§ 2.". South Dakota Constitution. pp. Article IV, § 2. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Mellette was the final governor of the Dakota Territory prior to his election as the first Governor of South Dakota.
  3. ^ Won over James Wallace McCarter
  4. ^ Kneip resigned to become Ambassador to Singapore on July 24, 1978; he was succeeded by Harvey L. Wollman.
  5. ^ Mickelson was killed in a plane crash on April 19, 1993; he was succeeded by Walter Dale Miller.

See also[edit]