South Dakota's 1st congressional district

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South Dakota's 1st congressional district is now obsolete. It existed from 1913 to 1983.

When South Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889, it was allocated two congressional seats, both of which were elected statewide at-large. This continued until South Dakota received a third congressional seat after the 1910 Census, and individual districts were established.

From 1913 until 1933, the newly created 1st District covered 21 counties in southeastern South Dakota, including the state's largest city Sioux Falls.[1] When South Dakota's 3rd congressional district was eliminated after the 1930 Census, the 1st District was expanded to include all of the counties in South Dakota east of the Missouri River.[2] Population changes eventually reduced the district size until it again covered just 21 counties in the eastern part of the state. During the 97th Congress, it included the cities of Aberdeen, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Vermillion, and Yankton.[3]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Electoral history
District created March 4, 1913
Charles Hall Dillon.jpg Charles H. Dillon Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
Yankton First elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Lost renomination.
CharlesAChristopherson.jpg Charles A. Christopherson Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1933
Sioux Falls First elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
Fred H. Hildebrandt.jpg Fred H. Hildebrandt Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
Watertown First elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
KarlEarlMundt.jpeg Karl E. Mundt Republican January 3, 1939 –
December 30, 1948
Madison First elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator and then resigned when appointed to the seat.
Vacant December 30, 1948 –
January 3, 1949
Harold O. Lovre.jpg Harold Lovre Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1957
Hayti First elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Lost re-election.
GeorgeStanleyMcGovern.jpg George McGovern Democratic January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1961
Mitchell First elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Ben Reifel.jpg Ben Reifel Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1971
Aberdeen First elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Retired.
Frank E. Denholm.jpg Frank E. Denholm Democratic January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1975
Brookings First elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Lost re-election.
Larry Pressler.jpg Larry Pressler Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1979
Humboldt First elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Tom Daschle, official Senate photo.jpg Tom Daschle Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1983
Aberdeen First elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Redistricted to the At-large district in 1982.
District eliminated January 3, 1983

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Congressional Directory, 63rd Congress (1913) through 72nd Congress (1931)
  2. ^ Official Congressional Directory, 73rd Congress (1933)
  3. ^ Official Congressional Directory, 97th Congress (1981)