South Dakota State Senate District 1

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South Dakota State Senate District 1
Current incumbentJason Frerichs Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.3% Black, 2.4% Hispanic
Voting age74.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
South Dakota's first state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Jason Frerichs.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 20,515 civilians reside within South Dakota's first state senate district.[1] South Dakota state senators represent an average of 23,262 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 21,567 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the South Dakota State Senate serve two-year terms with term limits.[2] South Dakota legislators assume office the first day of session after election (Jan. 11).


To be eligible to serve in the South Dakota Senate, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A two-year resident of South Dakota at the filing deadline time
  • May not have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime; may not have illegally taken "public moneys"
  • A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
* A U.S. citizen
* Reside in South Dakota
* At least 18 years old old on or before the next election
* Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
* Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
* Not have served 4 consecutive terms


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the South Dakota Legislature are paid $12,000/two-year term. Legislators receive $110/day per diem. Rates are set by the legislature.[4]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The South Dakota legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the South Dakota Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that South Dakota senators are subject to term limits of no more than four consecutive two-year terms, or eight consecutive years. State senators can run again after they have been out of office for a term.[2]

The South Dakota State Legislature has tried on more than one occasion, each time unsuccessfully, to persuade the state's voters to repeal term limits. The most recent such failed attempt was when Amendment J lost in 2008 by 75-25%.

The first year that the term limits — enacted in 1992 — impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Under the state constitution, the Governor is responsible for appointing a replacement in the event a vacancy happens in the senate. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution to when the Governor has to fill the vacancy.[5]



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 27, 2011. Incumbent Jason Frerichs (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[6][7]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Dakota State Senate District 1 have raised a total of $60,752. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $6,075 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Dakota State Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $7,550 1 $7,550
2010 $3,132 1 $3,132
2008 $28,273 2 $14,137
2006 $3,397 1 $3,397
2004 $1,950 1 $1,950
2002 $6,819 2 $3,410
2000 $9,631 2 $4,816
Total $60,752 10 $6,075
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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