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David Anderson (South Dakota)

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David Anderson
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South Dakota House District 16
In office
May 13, 2013 - Present
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
AppointedMay 13, 2013
Appointed byDennis Daugaard
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
High schoolCanton High School
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University
ProfessionInsurance businessman and farmer
Office website
David L. Anderson is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 16. He was first appointed to the chamber on May 13, 2013, when Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) selected him to fill the seat left vacant by Patty Miller's resignation.[1][2]


Anderson earned his B.S. in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University. His professional experience includes owning Canton Insurance Agency, serving as President of the Farm Mutual Insurance Company of Lincoln County and Chairman of the Board of National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies in 2001 and 2002. He is the fifth generation farmer in his family, working on the same land that previous generations did near Hudson. He is also a volunteer firefighter and the son of Larry Anderson, who served as state representative from the same region from 1971 to 1981.[1]



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Jim Fedderson and Brian Shanks were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents David Anderson and Jim Bolin defeated Kevin D. Jensen in the Republican primary. Fedderson and Shanks withdrew after the primary. Anderson and Bolin were unopposed in the general election.[3][4][5]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bolin Incumbent 42.1% 1,329
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Anderson Incumbent 33.2% 1,049
Kevin D. Jensen 24.7% 778
Total Votes 3,156


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

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the issue of abortions.


Anderson has a wife, Karen, and two children. He is a member of Lands Lutheran Church.[1]

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Preceded by
Patty Miller (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 16
May 13, 2013-present
Succeeded by