R. Blake Curd

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R. Blake Curd
South Dakota State Senate District 12
In office
June 10, 2013-Present
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsFour terms
Prior offices
South Dakota House District 12
ProfessionOrthopedic Surgeon
Office website
R. Blake Curd is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 12. Curd was first appointed to the chamber on June 5, 2013. Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Curd to fill a seat left vacant by Mark Johnston, who resigned to take a job as Vice President of Health Policy with Sanford Health, effective May 31, 2013.[1][2]

Curd served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 12 from 2009 until 2011.


Curd is a Hand/Microvascular/Orthopedic Surgeon.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Curd served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Energy, Chair
Health and Human Services


Prior to leaving the South Dakota House of Representatives, Curd served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate took place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Jim Sanden was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent R. Blake Curd was unopposed in the Republican primary. Curd defeated Sanden in the general election.[3][4][5]

South Dakota State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngR. Blake Curd Incumbent 60.1% 4,265
     Democratic Jim Sanden 39.9% 2,836
Total Votes 7,101
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State


Curd did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits. He instead ran for the United States House of Representatives, but lost in the primary.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for R. Blake Curd is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, R. Blake Curd raised a total of $40,065 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[6]

R. Blake Curd's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 12 Won $40,065
Grand Total Raised $40,065


In 2008, Curd collected $40,065 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
R. Blake Curd $2,000
Paul and Shirley Cink $2,000
South Dakota Republican Party $1,138
Peter Looby $1,000
David Rosinsky $1,000


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Johnston (R)
South Dakota State Senate District 12
Succeeded by
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 12
Succeeded by
Hal Wick (R), Manford Steele (R)