Steve Westra

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Steve Westra
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 13
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
Majority Whip
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Westra is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as Majority Whip.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Westra served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Energy
Health and Human Services


Campaign themes


Westra's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Open South Dakota for Business

  • Excerpt: "By creating a pro-growth, business friendly environment that empowers small businesses and attracts new jobs and opportunities to our state."

Responsible Government

  • Excerpt: "South Dakota needs to be the example of a fiscally responsible government that values and supports our free enterprise system."

Minimize Government Regulation

  • Excerpt: "Small business drives our economy, but needless government regulation out of Washington, D.C. is bad for business an bad for jobs. As a local businessman, I am aware of the drag that taxes and regulation can have on companies. I will continue the tradition of low taxes and minimal regulation that make South Dakota such a great place to live, relocate, start a business, and create jobs."

Strengthen South Dakota Schools

  • Excerpt: "So that our children receive the world-class education that they need to compete and succeed in the global economy."



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Kay Wilds was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbents Mark Mickelson and Steve Westra were unopposed in the Republican primary. Mickelson and Westra defeated Wilds in the general election.[2][3][4]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Mickelson Incumbent 44% 5,493
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Westra Incumbent 33.1% 4,141
     Democratic Kay Wilds 22.9% 2,858
Total Votes 12,492
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Westra won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 13. Westra and G. Mark Mickelson defeated Frank Alvine in the Republican primary on June 5. Jesse Vavreck and incumbent Susan Blake ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, but withdrew prior to the general election. Westra and Mickelson were unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Brian Liss (R) did not run for re-election.[5][6]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 13 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngG. Mark Mickelson 53.6% 2,063
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Westra 25.6% 984
Frank Alvine 20.8% 800
Total Votes 3,847

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Steve Westra is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Steve Westra raised a total of $17,080 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[7]

Steve Westra's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 13 Won $17,080
Grand Total Raised $17,080


Steve Westra won election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Steve Westra raised a total of $17,080.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Westra's campaign in 2012
Peter Norbeck Pac$1,000
Hegg, Pete & Marilyn$1,000
Everist, Tom & Barb$1,000
South Dakota Corn Growers Association$1,000
Sands, Greg$500
Total Raised in 2012$17,080
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 89th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 14 to March 31.

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In 2013, the 88th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 8 to March 25.

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Preceded by
[Brian Liss]] (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 13
Succeeded by