|South Dakota House District 16|
|2009 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||5|
|Base salary||$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees|
|Per diem||$110/legislative day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|Mayor, City of Canton|
|2007 - 2008|
|Bachelor's||Seattle Pacific University, 1973|
|Master's||University of South Dakota, 1988|
|Place of birth||Portland, OR|
Bolin served as Mayor of the City of Canton from 2007 to 2008.
Bolin earned his B.A. from Seattle Pacific University in 1973 and his M.A. from the University of South Dakota in 1988. His professional experience includes working as an Athletic Director for Canton Public Schools from 1996 to 2007 and teaching at Canton Public Schools since 1987.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bolin served on the following committees:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Joint Appropriations|
|• Retirement Laws, Vice Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bolin served on the following committees:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Joint Appropriations|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bolin served on the following committees:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Local Government|
Bolin's website highlights the following campaign themes:
Promote Energy Independence
- Excerpt: "Our society must escape the grasp of foreign oil suppliers. We must find and develop domestic sources of petroleum. Our energy policy must include increased domestic drilling and the additional use of petroleum in ANWR and other domestic locations."
- Excerpt: "Jim opposes Obamacare and has consistently spoken out against it and its implementation in our state. Our state should not be involved with its implementation and therefore he has opposed SB 38 and 43. Jim is also opposed to the possible expansion of Medicaid in our state as these increased costs will only crowd out money for other needed and vital programs for our state."
Maintain Our Pro-Business Climate
- Excerpt: "Jim will work to preserve the pro-business climate in the state. He will oppose any and all attempts to impose an income tax in the state, corporate or individual. He is also opposed to a raise in the general state sales tax. He will work to maintain the property tax limitation that now governs the potential rise in property taxes each year."
- Excerpt: "Jim is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment."
- Excerpt: "Jim is a pro-life candidate. He believes that life begins at conception and should end with natural death. Jim believes that the case of Roe vs. Wade (1973) was wrongly decided."
Bolin initially showed interest in running for election to the office of South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands in 2014. In early October 2013, he announced he would not be running, stating, “Due to the fact that I was an early and vocal skeptic of the Common Core, I have been deluged with requests to comment on this subject from all over the state. I have concluded that I cannot run an effective statewide race and at the same time be heavily involved in efforts to oppose Common Core.”
Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 3, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Jim Fedderson and Brian Shanks were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents David Anderson and Jim Bolin defeated Kevin D. Jensen in the Republican primary. Fedderson will face Shanks, Anderson and Bolin in the general election.
Bolin won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 16. Bolin advanced past the Republican primary on June 5 and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|South Dakota House of Representatives District 16 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jim Brolin Incumbent||40.9%||864|
|Patty Miller Incumbent||24.3%||513|
|Kevin D. Jensen||21.8%||459|
Bolin ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 16 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Also running were Ed Nesselhuf (D) and Patty Miller (R). Bolin and Patty Miller (R) won election in the November 2 general election.
|South Dakota State House, District 16 (2010)|
|Patty Miller (R)||4,918||35.46%|
|Jim Bolin (R)||4,821||34.76%|
|Ann Tornberg (D)||4,130||29.78%|
Comprehensive donor information for James Bolin is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, James Bolin raised a total of $35,939 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 27, 2013.
|James Bolin's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16||$14,862|
|2010||South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16||$13,240|
|2008||South Dakota House of Representatives, District 16||$7,837|
|Grand Total Raised||$35,939|
2012James Bolin won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, James Bolin raised a total of $14,862.
|South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James Bolin's campaign in 2012|
|Lincoln County Repubs Deb Turner-Treas||$550|
|Cmte for Fair Play||$350|
|Siouxland Repub Women Anne Nelson-Chairperson||$350|
|Total Raised in 2012||$14,862|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Bolin received $13,240 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:
|South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to James Bolin's campaign in 2010|
|Lincoln County Repubs||$650|
|South Dakota Telecommunications Association||$350|
|Van Wyhe, Jeremy||$300|
|Total Raised in 2010||$13,240|
In 2008, Bolin collected $7,837 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|South Dakota Republican Party||$2,279|
|Lincoln County Republicans||$300|
Bolin and his wife, Ruth, have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "James + Bolin + South + Dakota"
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- South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands
- South Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014
- South Dakota State Legislature
- South Dakota House of Representatives
- South Dakota House Committees
- South Dakota Joint Committees
- South Dakota House of Representatives District 16
- Profile from the South Dakota House of Representatives
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008
- votebolin.com, "Official campaign website," accessed May 19, 2014
- Keloland, "GOP Returning To Rapid City For 2014 Convention," accessed August 14, 2013
- Argus Leader, "Canton's Bolin to run for lands commissioner," accessed August 14, 2013
- Argus Leader, "Candidate quits race to fight Common Core," October 3, 2013
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Current Candidates for Primary Election," May 2, 2014
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed June 3, 2014
- Office of the South Dakota Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Candidate List," accessed April 9, 2012
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Primary Results," June 25, 2012
- South Dakota State Board of Elections, "South Dakota Secretary of State's official list of state candidates, 2010," accessed March 10, 2014
- South Dakota State Board of Elections, "South Dakota House of Representatives Official General Election Results, 2010," accessed March 10, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Bolin, Jim," accessed September 27, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to James Bolin," accessed March 10, 2014
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