Fred Romkema

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Fred Romkema
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South Dakota House District 31
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Mayor, Spearfish
1979 - 1996
Websites
Office website
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Fred W. Romkema is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Romkema earned his B.A. and M.A. in Speech and Hearing Pathology from the University of South Dakota.

Romkema worked in as the owner and operator of a vending machine business, an employee for KEZV Radio, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Hills Training Center, the Co-Founder of Mountain Plains Bank (Presently First Western Bank), and the Co-Owner of Mountain Goat Sports. Romkema served as Mayor, or another position on the Spearfish City Council, from 1979 to 1996.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Joint Appropriations, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

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. Incumbents Timothy Johns and Fred Romkema were unopposed in the Republican primary. Johns and Romkema were unopposed in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Romkema won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 31. Romkema and incumbent Timothy R. Johns defeated Gary L. Coe and John E. Teupel in the Republican primary on June 5. No Democratic candidates filed. Romkema and Johns ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Charles Turbiville (R) did not run for re-election due to term limits.[4][5]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred W. Romkema Incumbent 31.4% 1,467
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy R. Johns 25.1% 1,169
John E. Teupel 23.1% 1,077
Gary L Coe 20.4% 952
Total Votes 4,665

2010

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Romkema ran for re-election to District 31 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Romkema and Charles Turbiville (incumbent) both ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary.[6] Romkema and Turbiville defeated Kevin O'Dea (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

South Dakota State House, District 31 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Romkema (R) 6,335 40.01%
Green check mark transparent.png Charles M. Turbiville (R) 5,479 34.60%
Kevin W. O'Dea (D) 4,019 25.38%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fred Romkema is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Fred Romkema raised a total of $34,677 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 27, 2013.[8]

Fred Romkema's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 31 Won $6,550
2010 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 31 Won $11,805
2008 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 31 Won $16,322
Grand Total Raised $34,677

2012

Fred Romkema won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fred Romkema raised a total of $6,550.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Romkema's campaign in 2012
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations$1,000
South Dakota Association oof Realtors$500
South Dakota Medical Group Management Association$300
Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota$300
South Dakota Educators Political Involvement Cmte$250
Total Raised in 2012$6,550
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Romkema received $11,805 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[9]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Romkema's campaign in 2010
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations$1,000
Northern Hills Tourism PAC$500
South Dakota Association of Realtors$500
South Dakota Beer Wholesalers Association$400
South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association$350
Total Raised in 2010 $11,805

2008

In 2008, Romkema collected $16,322 in donations.[10]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Lawrence County Republican Party $2,467
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $1,500
Ryan Wordeman $1,000
Richard Robbins $1,000
Fred Romkema $505

Scorecards

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2014

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.

2013

In 2013, the 88th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 8 to March 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on the "top ten" issues affecting your freedom.

2012

In 2012, the 87th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 19.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored "based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, federalism, and protection of life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness."[11]

2011

In 2011, the 86th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 28.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the military and veterans.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to gun control and reform.

Personal

Romkema and his wife, Priscilla, have three children.

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Preceded by
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 31
2009–present
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