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Arthur Rusch

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Arthur Rusch
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South Dakota State Senate, District 17
In office
January 13, 2015 - present
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms (8 years)
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Campaign website
Arthur Rusch is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Rusch served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Natural Resources



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate took place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Michelle Maloney ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Arthur Rusch was unopposed in the Republican primary. Rusch defeated Maloney in the general election.[2][3][1]

South Dakota State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngArthur Rusch 58.1% 3,873
     Democratic Michelle Maloney 41.9% 2,798
Total Votes 6,671
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State


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Prior career

Arthur Rusch is a former South Dakota First Judicial Circuit presiding judge.[4] He retired from the court on June 8, 2011, after 17 years of service.


The vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rusch has been filled by Cheryle Gering. Gering was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard in April 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Jones (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 17
Succeeded by