Susan Wismer

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Susan Wismer
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
January 13, 2009 – January 2014
Serving with Jason Frerichs (2009–2010)
David Sigdestad (2011–2012)
Dennis Feickert (2013–2014)
Preceded byClayton Halverson
Succeeded bySteve McCleerey
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 2016
Serving with Steve McCleerey
Preceded byDennis Feickert
Personal details
Born (1955-12-13) December 13, 1955 (age 63)
Britton, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationAugustana University (BA)

Susan Wismer[1] (born December 13, 1955) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives representing District 1 since January 2009. Wismer was the Democratic nominee in the South Dakota gubernatorial election, 2014.

Biography[edit]

Susan M. (Jones) Wismer was born in Britton, South Dakota to Maurice and Dorthy Jones. She’s the oldest of six siblings and grew up on the family farm in northeast South Dakota. She attended Britton Elementary and High schools (now Britton-Hecla) and graduated with a degree in English from Augustana College in 1978. After college she taught high school English for a year in Iowa. In 1979, Susan married Mark Wismer, also of Britton. She and Mark moved to Washington for his job, and she studied and became a certified public accountant. In 1983, Susan and Mark moved back to Britton with their newborn son, and continued to raise their children, three in all, in South Dakota close to family. Upon their return to Britton, Wismer and one of her sisters founded, and currently own and operate, Britton Bookkeeping and Tax Service. All of Wismer's children attended in-state universities.

Wismer has always been an active member of her hometown church, First Presbyterian, in Britton. She has served as an elder, vocal and bell choir member, Sunday school teacher and has volunteered her time to serve on many local and Presbytery-wide committees.

Many family members have been active in politics. Wismer's grandfather, Art Jones, was the first president of Basin Electric and a legislator. Her uncle, Curtis 'Curtie' Jones also served in the legislature from 1971-1986 and was a Regent on the South Dakota Board of Regents. As a high school student, Susan served as an intern in the South Dakota legislature. In 2008, once all of her children had graduated high school, she ran for the South Dakota House of Representatives to represent District One which include Roberts, Day, Marshall, and parts of Brown County. Wismer is now in her 3rd term (6th year). Wismer has served on the Appropriations Committee since the beginning of her legislative service. She is a current member of Government Operations and Audit Committee, and has served on the legislative redistricting and various summer study committees. She is a representative to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and on the planning committee for the International Legislators Conference. She is an alumna of the Midwestern Council of State Government’s Bowhay Legislative Leadership Development Program. She was a member of the first class of South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership.

Elections[edit]

  • 2012 With incumbent Democratic Representative David Sigdestad leaving the Legislature and leaving a District 1 seat open, Wismer and Dennis Feickert were unopposed for both the June 5, 2012 Democratic Primary[2] and the November 6, 2012 General election, where Feickert took the first seat and Wismer took the second seat with 4,833 votes (44.8%).[3]
  • 2008 When District 1 incumbent Democratic Representatives David Sigdestad was term limited and Clayton Halverson left the Legislature leaving both District 1 seats open, Wismer ran in the four-way June 3, 2008 Democratic Primary and placed first with 2,073 votes (34.49%),[4] in the five-way November 4, 2008 General election fellow Democratic nominee Jason Frerichs took the first seat and Wismer took the second seat with 4,940 votes (31.22%) ahead of Republican nominees Ron Olson, Scott German, and Constitution candidate Franklin de Padilla.[5]
  • 2010 With incumbent Democratic Representative Frerichs ran for South Dakota Senate and left a District 1 seat open, Wismer and former Representative Sigdestad were unopposed for both the June 8, 2010 Democratic Primary[6] and the November 2, 2010 General election, where former Representative Sigdestad took the first seat and Wismer took the second seat with 4,336 votes (49.79%).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susan Wismer's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Official Results Primary Election - June 5, 2012". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Official Results General Election November 6, 2012". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "2008 South Dakota Official Primary Election Results June 3, 2008". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "2008 South Dakota Official General Election Results Legislature November 4, 2008". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Official Results Primary Election June 8, 2010". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "2010 South Dakota Official General Election Results Legislature November 2, 2010". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 17, 2014.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Scott Heidepriem
Democratic nominee for Governor of South Dakota
2014
Succeeded by
Billie Sutton