Eldon Nygaard

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Eldon Nygaard
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South Dakota State Senate District 17
Former member
In office
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsFour terms
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha, 1972
J.D.Marguette University Law School, 1976
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army/National Guard/Reserves
Years of service1965-1997
Place of birthViborg, SD
Office website
Eldon Nygaard is a former Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 17 from 2011 to 2013. Nygaard was elected to the South Dakota State Senate in 2010 as a Democrat. Following the election Nygaard joined the Republican Party after losing a leadership position. Nygaard served in the South Dakota State House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, representing the 17th District. Prior to joining the state senate, he served as House Minority Whip.

Nygaard has worked as a lawyer, farmer, and business owner.

In November 2010, Nygaard switched membership from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. In a news release, Nygaard said: "I can represent my district's needs in Pierre more effectively as a member of the Republican Party."[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nygaard served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nygaard served on the following committees while a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Nygaard was eligible to seek re-election to the state house but instead ran for the District 17 state senate seat. He defeated Terri Jorgenson (R) in the November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 17 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Eldon Nygaard (D) 3,396 46.58%
Terri Jorgenson (R) 3,895 53.42%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Nygaard received $8,880 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[2]


In 2008, Nygaard collected $8,797 in donations.[3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Clay County Democrats $3,000
Brian Walton $560
South Dakota Association of Realtors $550
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield $350
South Dakota State Medical Association $300


Nygaard and his wife Sherry have two children.

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Preceded by
Ben Nesselhuf (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Tom Jones (D)
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 17
Succeeded by
Tom Jones (D), Jamie Boomgarden (R)