Dick Werner

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Dick Werner
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 22
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Dick Werner is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Appropriations


Campaign themes


Werner's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "A quality education system allows for our local businesses and industries to have access to a highly trained workforce. I will do my part to assure our youth have the opportunity to have a rewarding career in South Dakota and for them to raise their families and develop roots in our local communities."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "A key component to assure that South Dakota can continue to have a balanced budget and support the necessary state programs, such as education and healthcare, is a proactive economic development plan. A sound economic development vision allows our economy to grow and helps our local communities create and retain jobs. I bring to the table the background and experience from my years in banking and as a financial consultant in economic development."

Local Decisions

  • Excerpt: "I understand the importance of the local decision making process through my years of service as a county commissioner. State government should be there to assist local governments perform their duties and not tie their hands with unnecessary controls or regulations."


  • Excerpt: "The agriculture industry has been the backbone of South Dakota since our statehood and the demands for a growing food supply in developing countries will continue the prominence that agriculture plays in our state. I’m proud to be able to own and operate my family farm and feel it is important that legislators understand this rapidly changing industry. Advances in technology and genetics will continue to provide opportunities in the ag industry and legislators need to understand and be positioned to leverage these opportunities. I bring that knowledge and background to the table."



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Incumbent Peggy Anne Gibson and Joan Wollschlager were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Dick Werner was unopposed in the Republican primary. Gisbon will face Wollschlager and Werner in the general election. Dennis Kruse was running as an Independent candidate, but withdrew before the election.[2][3]


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Werner won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 22. Werner advanced past the Republican primary on June 5 and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Gibson Incumbent 30.6% 5,299
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDick Werner 25.1% 4,344
     Democratic Dale Hargens 23.4% 4,061
     Republican Jay Slater 21% 3,634
Total Votes 17,338
South Dakota House of Representatives District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDick Werner 34.7% 725
Green check mark transparent.pngJay B.K. Slater 34.6% 724
David McGirr 30.7% 643
Total Votes 2,092

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dick Werner is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Dick Werner raised a total of $27,520 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 27, 2013.[6]

Dick Werner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 22 Won $27,520
Grand Total Raised $27,520


Dick Werner won election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dick Werner raised a total of $27,520.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dick Werner's campaign in 2012
Trucano, Douglas$1,000
Peter Norbeck Pac$1,000
Daugaard for South Dakota$1,000
Smith, Terry$1,000
Trucano, Alma$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$27,520
Source:Follow the Money


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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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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim White (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 22
Succeeded by