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Joni Cutler
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Court Information:
South Dakota Second Judicial Circuit
Title:   Judge
Active:   2015-2023
Preceded by:   Stuart L. Tiede
Past position:   Judge, Magistrate Court Second Judicial Circuit South Dakota Magistrate Courts
Past term:   2013-2015
Past position 2:   Partner, Beck & Cutler, LLP
Past term 2:   2011-2013
Personal History
Law School:   University of South Dakota School of Law, 1995
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Second Judicial Circuit
Position:  Position G
State:  South Dakota
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  6/3/2014
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  57.5%ApprovedA
Joni M. Cutler is a judge for the Second Judicial Circuit in South Dakota.[1] She was elected to the court on November 4, 2014, for a term commencing on January 6, 2015, and expiring in January 2023.[2][3]

Cutler was a former Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 14 from 2011 to 2013

Cutler joined the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2003. She served in that position until 2011, representing the 14th District.


Cutler received her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1995. Cutler received a BILLD certificate in legislative leadership development from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2003 and her executive education certificate from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 2005.[4]


Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cutler served on the following committees while a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives:


2014 judicial

See also: South Dakota judicial elections, 2014
Cutler ran for election to the Second Judicial Circuit.
General: She defeated James A. Power in the general election on November 4, 2014, receiving 57.5 percent of the vote.[2]

2010 state legislature

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Cutler was not eligible to seek re-election because of South Dakota's term limits. She instead ran for South Dakota State Senate and defeated Cindy Schumacher (D) in the November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 14 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joni Cutler (R) 6,568 67.05%
Cindy Schumacher (D) 3,228 32.95%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Cutler received $21,453 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[8]


In 2008, Cutler collected $20,685 in donations.[9]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $1,500
South Dakota Telecommunications Association $900
South Dakota Association of Realtors $750
South Dakota Corn Growers Association $700
South Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives $600

Awards and associations

  • Vice chair, Senate Judiciary
  • Vice chair, Legislative Executive Committee
  • Chair, State Council, Interstate Corrections Compact
  • Vice chair, National Conference of State Legislatures, Law and Justice Committee
  • Chair, Legislative Redistricting Conurbation Subcommittee
  • Faculty presenter, Uniform Laws Commission on Federalism, George Washington School of Law [4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Knudson (R)
South Dakota State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Deb Soholt (R)
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 14
Succeeded by
Marc Feinstein (D), R. Shawn Tornow (R)