Glen A. Severson

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Glen A. Severson
Court Information:
South Dakota Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $125,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Mike Rounds
Active:   2009-2020
Preceded by:   Richard Sabers
Past post:   Judge, South Dakota Second Judicial Circuit
Past term:   1993-2009
Personal History
Born:   3/9/1949
Undergraduate:   University of South Dakota, 1972
Law School:   University of South Dakota School of Law, 1975
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  South Dakota Supreme Court
State:  South Dakota
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  239,067
Retention vote %:  80.20% ApprovedA

Glen A. Severson is an associate justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court. He is the court's newest justice, having been appointed in 2009 by Republican Governor Mike Rounds to represent the state's Second Supreme Court District. He will be up for retention election at the end of his term in 2020.[1]


Severson attended the University of South Dakota, receiving a B.S. in 1972. He went on to attend the University of South Dakota School of Law, receiving his J.D. from this school in 1975.[2]


Severson worked in private practice from 1983 to 1992. He also served as the Huron city attorney from 1977 to 1992, and as a Beadle County deputy states attorney in 1975. Severson was first appointed to the judiciary when he became a circuit court judge in 1993. He served there as that court's presiding judge from 2002 until his 2009 appointment to the South Dakota Supreme Court.[2]

Military service

Severson served in the South Dakota Air National Guard from 1967 to 1973.[2]


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, South Dakota Bar Association
  • Member, Second Circuit Bar Association
  • 1986-1992: Member, South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources[2]

2012 election

Justice Severson was retained to the Second Supreme Court District.[3][4][5]

See also: South Dakota judicial elections, 2012

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Severson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.68, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 1.05 that justices received in South Dakota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

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