Chuck Welke

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Chuck Welke
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South Dakota State Senate, District 2
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolRedfield High School, 1971
Bachelor'sNorthern State University, 1975
ProfessionRetired Principal
Chuck Welke is a former Democratic member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 2 from 2012 to 2015.


Welke earned his B.A. in School Administration and Physical Education from Northern State University in 1975. His professional experience includes working at the Warner School as an athletic director and principal from 1977 until his retirement in 2010.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Welke served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government
Retirement Laws



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. Incumbent Chuck Welke ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Brock Greenfield was unopposed in the Republican primary. Greenfield defeated Welke in the general election.[1][2][3]

South Dakota State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrock Greenfield 52.6% 4,584
     Democratic Chuck Welke Incumbent 47.4% 4,136
Total Votes 8,720
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Welke won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 2. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5 and defeated incumbent Arthur Fryslie (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

South Dakota State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Welke 51.4% 5,441
     Republican Art Fryslie Incumbent 48.6% 5,140
Total Votes 10,581

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chuck Welke is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Chuck Welke raised a total of $15,700 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 25, 2013.[5]

Chuck Welke's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota State Senate, District 2 Won $15,700
Grand Total Raised $15,700


Chuck Welke won election to the South Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Chuck Welke raised a total of $15,700.


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In 2014, the 89th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 14 to March 31.

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In 2013, the 88th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 8 to March 25.

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Welke has been married to his wife Ellen since 1975.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Hundstad (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Brock Greenfield (R)