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Deb Soholt
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South Dakota State Senate District 14
In office
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Majority Whip, South Dakota State Senate
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota
Master'sSouth Dakota State University
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Deb Soholt is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 14. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Soholt currently serves as Majority Whip, beginning in 2015.


Soholt has a B.A. from University of North Dakota and an master's from South Dakota State University.[1]

Soholt is a registered nurse with over twenty years of experience in the medical field, and is President of the South Dakota Board of Nursing.[2]

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services, Vice Chair
Local Government



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. Brian Kaatz was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Deb Soholt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kaatz withdrew after the primary, and Soholt was unopposed in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Soholt won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 14. She defeated David B. Rose in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated Brian Kaatz (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

South Dakota State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Soholt 55.5% 6,251
     Democratic Brian Kaatz 44.5% 5,008
Total Votes 11,259
South Dakota State Senate District 14 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Soholt Incumbent 54.1% 836
David B. Rose 45.9% 708
Total Votes 1,544

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Deb Soholt is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Deb Soholt raised a total of $8,546 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[8]

Deb Soholt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota State Senate, District 14 Won $8,546
Grand Total Raised $8,546


Deb Soholt won election to the South Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Deb Soholt raised a total of $8,546.
South Dakota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Deb Soholt's campaign in 2012
Soholt, Deb$1,072
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations$1,000
Lehman, Lauren$1,000
Thomas, David$250
Thomas, Nancy$250
Total Raised in 2012$8,546
Source:Follow the Money


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Preceded by
Joni Cutler (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 14
Succeeded by