Mike Rounds

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Mike Rounds
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U.S. Senate, South Dakota
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2021
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTim Johnson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
31st Governor of South Dakota
January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011
South Dakota State Senate
1991 – 2001
Education
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University, 1977
Personal
Date of birthOctober 24, 1954
Place of birthHuron, S.D.
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Campaign website

Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds (born October 24, 1954, in Huron, S.D.) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from South Dakota. Rounds was first elected to the Senate in 2014.

Rounds served as Governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011.[1]

Biography

Rounds is a partner in Fischer Rounds & Associates, an insurance and real estate firm with offices throughout South Dakota. He placed his ownership interest into a blind trust after being elected governor of South Dakota in 2003.[1][2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rounds' academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2015-2016

Rounds serves on the following committees:[4]

Issues

National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Rounds was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[5]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[6] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[7]

Campaign themes

2014

Rounds listed the following issues, among others, on his website:[8]

Obamacare

Mike opposes Obamacare and would work to repeal and replace it with market-based, patient-centered solutions. Mike adamantly opposes a single-payer system and meaningless adjustments.

Medicare

Mike supports Medicare for our seniors. Obamacare threatens Medicare’s solvency. Mike will defend and protect Medicare. Using Medicare cuts to offset Obamacare costs is wrong.

Balanced Budget

South Dakota balances its budget every single year. The federal government should do the same. Mike supports a balanced budget amendment. The federal government should pass a budget every year. Mike commends the house republicans for at least taking steps to pass a budget. Although he appreciates their effort, Mike's long taken the position that he disagrees with any cuts to Medicare. For that reason, Mike does not currently support the budget plan offered by congressman Ryan, specifically because of the unclear revisions to Medicare.

Deficit / Debt

By law, South Dakota must balance its budget every year. We don’t spend more than we receive and we always live within our means. The federal deficit is approaching $18 trillion dollars and we must reverse this trend before it crushes our economy.

Federal Government Overreach

Pass the REINS Act. There are now more than one million federal regulations impacting Americans and driving up costs. If the Obama regulatory system were a country, it would be the tenth largest economy in the world! We need to get the bureaucracy under control. We need to return to a system of reasonable regulation and defer to local units of government as much as possible. It’s time to take the government back from the bureaucrats.

Keystone Pipeline

Mike supports the Keystone Pipeline.[9]

—Mike Rounds, http://web.archive.org/web/20141014203357/https://roundsforsenate.com/about/on-the-issues/

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in South Dakota, 2014

Rounds won election to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014.[10] Rounds won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.[11]

General election

U.S. Senate, South Dakota General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rounds 50.4% 140,741
     Democratic Rick Weiland 29.5% 82,456
     Independent Larry Pressler 17.1% 47,741
     Independent Gordon Howie 3% 8,474
Total Votes 279,412
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State

Republican primary

U.S. Senate, South Dakota Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rounds 55.5% 41,372
Stace Nelson 18.2% 13,591
Larry Rhoden 17.7% 13,178
Annette Bosworth 5.7% 4,283
Jason Ravnsborg 2.8% 2,066
Total Votes 74,490
Source: Results via Associated Press

Endorsements

Rounds was endorsed by the following people:

Media


Rounds for Senate, "Ready to Work."

Rounds for Senate, "Leader."

Rounds for Senate, "Pro-Business."

Rounds for Senate, "Fiscal Conservative."

Rounds for Senate, "Approachable."

Rounds for Senate, "Economic development."

Rounds for Senate, "Values."

Rounds for Senate, "#ShameOnRick."

Rounds for Senate, "Mike Rounds on the Issues."

Rounds for Senate, "Work Ethic."

Rounds for Senate, "Here They Go Again."

Rounds for Senate, "That's All They've Got."

Rounds for Senate, "Veterans and Values."

Rounds for Senate, "Homestake Lab: Gold Mine of Research and Jobs."

Rounds for Senate, "Trust."



Rounds for Senate, "The Truth."

Rounds for Senate, "Our Values & Keystone."

Rounds for Senate, "Our Values & Guns."

Polls

Rounds v. Weiland v. Pressler v. Howie
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandLarry PresslerGordon HowieUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Monmouth University Poll
Oct. 24-27, 2014
45%31%19%1%4%+/-4.7429
NBC News/Marist Poll
Oct. 24, 2014
43%29%16%3%9%+/-3.6730
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research
Oct. 20-23, 2014
42%33%13%2%10%+/-3.5800
Harper Polling
Oct. 18-20, 2014
48%24%24%3%12%+/-4.38500
Harper Polling
Oct. 9-11, 2014
37%33%23%5%2%+/-3.9630
Survey USA
Oct. 1-4, 2014
35%28%32%3%2%+/-4616
Public Policy Polling
Sept. 29-30, 2014
35%28%24%8%5%+/-3.7703
NBP/NPN
Sept. 21-25, 2014
39%26%24%4%7%+/-3.24647
AVERAGES 40.5% 29% 21.88% 3.63% 6.38% +/-3.88 631.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Rounds v. Weiland v. Pressler v. Howie v. Walker
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandLarry PresslerGordon HowieClayton WalkerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Survey USA
May 6- May 10, 2014
44%30%17%3%2%5%+/-4.5504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Rounds v. Weiland v. Pressler v. Howie
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandLarry PresslerGordon HowieMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
April 30- May 1, 2014
38%28%15%4%+/-3.6745
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Mike Rounds vs. Rick Weiland
Poll Mike Rounds Rick WeilandSomeone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (February 25-26, 2014)
51%31%6%11%+/-4.5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Campaign donors

2014

Rounds won election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Rounds's campaign committee raised a total of $5,256,218 and spent $5,176,534.[13] This is less than the average $10.6 million spent by Senate winners in 2014.[14]

Cost per vote

Rounds spent $36.78 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. Senate, South Dakota, 2014 - Mike Rounds Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,256,218
Total Spent $5,176,534
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $2,358,105
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $2,314,172
Top contributors to Mike Rounds's campaign committee
Amway/Alticor Inc$53,000
Verizon Communications$44,030
Citigroup Inc$41,800
Xcel Energy$25,000
Lawrence & Schiller$24,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$302,350
Leadership PACs$282,500
Retired$256,626
Commercial Banks$204,110
Oil & Gas$188,700

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rounds' reports.[15]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Governors Association, "South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds," accessed October 22, 2012
  2. Project Vote Smart, "M. Michael 'Mike' Rounds's Biography," accessed October 22, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Mike Rounds," accessed January 28, 2015
  4. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  5. The Wall Street Journal, "Text of GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders on Nuclear Talks," March 9, 2015
  6. Fox News, "Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama's power to approve Iran nuclear deal," March 10, 2015
  7. Ut San Diego, "Traitors or patriots? Senator's letter to Iran creates firestorm," March 11, 2015
  8. Rounds for Senate, "On the Issues," accessed October 14, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Talking Points Memo, "GOP Rep. Kristi Noem Will Not Run For SD Senate Seat," accessed June 14, 2013
  11. Associated Press, "South Dakota - Summary Vote Results," June 3, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 ‘’Rounds for Senate’’, “Why I like Mike,” accessed October 21, 2014
  13. Open Secrets, "Mike Rounds 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 14, 2015
  14. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 14, 2015
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Rounds 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Johnson
U.S. Senate - South Dakota
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
William J. Janklow
Governor of South Dakota
January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011
Succeeded by
Dennis Daugaard
Preceded by
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South Dakota State Senate
1991 – 2001
Succeeded by
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