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G. Mark Mickelson
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 13
In office
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Speaker Pro Tempore, South Dakota House of Representatives
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
Office website
Campaign website
G. Mark Mickelson is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. Mickelson currently serves as Speaker Pro Tempore, beginning in 2015.

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Appropriations
Government Operations and Audit


Campaign themes


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

Friendly Business Environment

  • Excerpt: "Jobs are our lifeblood—good jobs. Our state needs business friendly laws and workable regulations. Individuals and small companies through their free-enterprise activity have spawned many of our area’s largest employers. Among today’s small companies and entrepreneurial individuals are tomorrow’s large employers and wealth creators."

Education Creates Opportunities

  • Excerpt: "K-12 and higher education are critical tools for personal as well as economic development. Education is the backbone of democracy. It is also the foundation upon which our citizens build their futures. The number one economic development tool is an educated and trained work-force."

Controlled Spending for a Balanced Budget

  • Excerpt: "As a fiscal conservative, I believe in a basic principle that just like South Dakota families, the state must live within its means. Fiscal restraint is the first step towards making sure that citizens of the state remain in control of the bureaucracy. I will work to hold state government accountable and to make certain our tax system is fair and equitable."

Reliable Assistance for Those in Need

  • Excerpt: "Even when we do it all right, some will fall through the cracks. A properly designed safety net must be there for the elderly, disabled and displaced. For those of working age without disability the programs must recognize that encouragement and opportunity trump entitlement. Curtailing benefits over time and requiring responsible behavior and productive engagement in our community will offer the best long term prospects for all."

Preserving Our Resources

  • Excerpt: "As an avid outdoorsman, I believe in preserving and maintaining our natural resources for future generations."



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. Kay Wilds was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Mark Mickelson and Steve Westra were unopposed in the Republican primary. Mickelson and Westra defeated Wilds in the general election.[2][3][4]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Mickelson Incumbent 44% 5,493
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Westra Incumbent 33.1% 4,141
     Democratic Kay Wilds 22.9% 2,858
Total Votes 12,492
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Mickelson won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 13. Mickelson and Steve Westra defeated Frank Alvine in the Republican primary on June 5. Jesse Vavreck and incumbent Susan Blake ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, but withdrew prior to the general election. Mickelson and Westra were unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Brian Liss (R) did not run for re-election.[5][6]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngG. Mark Mickelson 53.6% 2,063
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Westra 25.6% 984
Frank Alvine 20.8% 800
Total Votes 3,847

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mark Mickelson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Mark Mickelson raised a total of $116,248 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[7]

Mark Mickelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 13 Won $116,248
Grand Total Raised $116,248


Mark Mickelson won election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mark Mickelson raised a total of $116,248.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Mickelson's campaign in 2012
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
Mccahren, Lee Kit$1,000
Schieffer, Kevin$1,000
Schieffer, Brooke D$1,000
Griffin, Mark$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$116,248
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
Susan Blake (D)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 13
Succeeded by