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H. Paul Dennert

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H. Paul Dennert
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South Dakota House District 2
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
South Dakota State Senate
1996 - 2004
Date of birthJune 25, 1937
Place of birthColumbia, South Dakota
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H. Paul Dennert (b. June 25, 1937) is a former Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 2 from 2005 to 2013.

Dennert received his diploma from Columbia High School in 1955.

Dennert was a Director/Trustee at Cenex in 1990. He has also worked as a Farmer/Cattleman and Teacher/Superintendent of Sunday School.

Dennert served in the South Dakota State House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996. He then served in the South Dakota State Senate from 1996 to 2004. He rejoined the South Dakota House in 2005 and has served in that position since, representing the 2nd District. During his time in the House, Dennert has served as Assistant Minority Leader. He has also served as a Township Clerk and Assessor.

Dennert and his wife, Peggy, have two children.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Dennert ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 3. Dennert ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5 and was defeated by incumbent Al Novstrup (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

South Dakota State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAl Novstrup Incumbent 53.6% 5,553
     Democratic H. Paul Dennert 46.4% 4,815
Total Votes 10,368


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dennert ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 2 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Also running were fellow Democratic incumbent Elaine Elliott and Republicans Lana Greenfield (R) and Norbert Barrie (R).[2] H. Paul Dennert (D) and Elaine Elliott (D) won election in the November 2 general election.[3]

South Dakota State House, District 2 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png H. Paul Dennert (D) 4,617 30.00%
Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Elliott (D) 4,053 26.34%
Lana Greenfield (R) 3,865 25.11%
Norbert Barrie (R) 2,855 18.55%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Dennert received $16,453 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[4]


In 2008, Dennert collected $16,423 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Education Association $2,000
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $1,000
D Buntrock $1,000
South Dakota Telecommunications Association $750
South Dakota Association of Realtors $550

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Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 2
Succeeded by
Burt E. Tulson (R)