Cooper Garnos

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Cooper Garnos
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South Dakota State Senate District 21
Former officeholder
In office
2007 - 2013
ProfessionBusiness Owner
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Cooper Garnos (b. October 19, 1965) was a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate from 2007 until 2011, representing the 21st District. Previously, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007.

Garnos worked as farmer/rancher from 1985 to 2000. He worked as a small business owner from 1991 to 2000. He has worked as a teacher for Lyman School District from 1992 to the present. He has also worked as president of Garnos Ranch Hunts since 1992.

Garnos earned his B.A. in Social Science Comp from South Dakota Wesleyan University in 1991. He went on to receive his M.A. in Education Administration from South Dakota State University in 1997. He then earned his Education Specialist Degree from the University of South Florida in 2004.

In late 2011, Garnos announced his intention to resign before his term expired. Governor Dennis Daugaard chose Kent Juhnke to replace Garnos.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Garnos has been assigned to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Garnos served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Garnos ran for re-election to the 21st District seat in 2010. He defeated Brandon Sazue (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

South Dakota State Senate, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cooper Garnos (R) 5,562 71.59%
Brandon Sazue (D) 2,207 28.41%


On Nov. 4, 2008, Garnos won re-election to the 21st District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Charon Asetoyer (D).[2]

Garnos raised $15,338 for his campaign while Asetoyer raised $3,016.[3]

South Dakota State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cooper Garnos (R) 6,428 72.94%
Charon Asetoyer (D) 2,385 27.06%

Campaign donors


Garnos raised $15,338 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Committee of South Dakota $2,500
South Dakota Republican Party $1,424
South Dakota Congress $1,000
Don Juffer $1,000
Dennis Daugaard $1,000
Committee for Fair Play $500
South Dakota Education Association $500
David Bockorny $500
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $500
William Janklow South Dakota Development Fund $500
Ken Thaler $500


Garnos and his wife Mary Jo have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Julie Bartling
South Dakota Senate District 21
Succeeded by