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Pam Merchant

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Pam Merchant
South Dakota State Senate District 7
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Web Designer
Pam Merchant (b. December 18, 1967) was a Democratic member of the South Dakota State Senate from 2009 to 2011, representing the 7th District.

Merchant is a graphics/web designer.

Merchant earned her AA in Graphic Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in 1988.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the South Dakota State Senate, Merchant served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Merchant ran for re-election to the 7th District seat in 2010. She ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket and was defeated by Republican Larry Tidemann. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On Nov. 4, 2008, Merchant won election to the 7th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Orville B. Smidt (R).[1]

Merchant raised $13,790 for her campaign while Smidt raised $29,655.[2]

South Dakota State Senate, District 7 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Pam Merchant (D) 4,940 51.16%
Orville B. Smidt (R) 4,716 48.84%

Campaign donors


Merchant raised $13,790 during the 2008 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[3]

Donor Amount
South Dakota Education Association $1,000
Dennis and Dorothy Merchant $1,000
Ginny Conger $1,000
Don Endres $1,000
Harold Widvey $1,000
Brookings County Democrats $1,000
Maree Larson $1,000
Jill La Plant Endres $1,000


Merchant and her husband Daniel have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Orville Smidt
South Dakota Senate District 7
Succeeded by
Larry Tidemann (R)