Susan Wismer

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Susan Wismer
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Current candidacy
Running for South Dakota Governor
Current office
South Dakota House District 1
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Personal
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Susan Wismer (b. December 13, 1955) is a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 1. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Wismer did not see re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2014.

Wismer was a Democratic candidate for South Dakota Governor in the 2014 elections.[1] Susan Wismer lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Susan M. (Jones) Wismer was born in Britton, South Dakota to Maurice and Dorthy Jones. She’s the oldest of six siblings and grew up on the family farm in Northeast South Dakota. She attended Britton Elementary and High schools (now Britton-Hecla) and graduated with a degree in English from Augustana College in 1978. After college she taught high school English for a year in Iowa. In 1979, Susan married Mark Wismer, also of Britton. She and Mark moved to Washington for his job, and she studied and became a certified public accountant. In 1983, Susan and Mark moved back to Britton with their newborn son, and continue to raise their children, three in all, in South Dakota. Upon their return to Britton, Susan and one of her sisters founded Britton Bookkeeping and Tax Service.[2]

Susan's interest in civic involvement is a product of the family in which she was raised. Her grandfather, Art Jones, was the first president of Basin Electric and a legislator. Her uncle, Curtis 'Curty' Jones also served in the legislature from 1971-1986 and was a Regent on the South Dakota Board of Regents. As a high school student, Susan served as a page in the South Dakota legislature and saw firsthand the responsibility and duty that elected officials have to their constituents.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Joint Appropriations
Government Operations and Audit

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wismer served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Wismer served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: South Dakota gubernatorial election, 2014

Wismer ran for election to the office of South Dakota Governor. Wismer won the Democratic nomination in the primary on June 3. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Results

Primary election

Wismer defeated one opponent, Joe Lowe, to win the primary.

South Dakota Gubernatorial Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Wismer 55.5% 15,311
Joe Lowe 44.5% 12,283
Total Votes 27,594
Election Results Via:South Dakota Secretary of State.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels Incumbent 70.5% 195,477
     Democratic Susan Wismer/Susan Blake 25.4% 70,549
     Indpendent Mike Myers/Lora Hubbel 4.1% 11,377
Total Votes 277,403
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

2012

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Wismer won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 1. Wismer and Dennis Feickert ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Wismer and Feickert won in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent David Sigdestad (D) did not run for re-election.[3]

2010

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Wismer ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 1 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Former Representative David Sigdestad (D) was also running.[4] The election took place on November 2, 2010. Both both won election.[5]

South Dakota State House, District 1 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Susan Wismer (D) 4,373 50.21%
Green check mark transparent.png David Sigdestad (D) 4,336 49.79%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Wismer won election by finishing 2nd out of 5 candidates for District 1 of the South Dakota House of Representatives.[6]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 1
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Susan Wismer (D) 4,940
Green check mark transparent.png Jason Frerichs (D) 3,367
Ron Olson (R) 3,287
Scott German (R) 1,893
Franklin Nelson de Padilla (Con) 317

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Susan Wismer is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Susan Wismer raised a total of $15,775 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[7]

Susan Wismer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 1 Won $825
2010 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 1 Won $6,371
2008 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 1 Won $8,579
Grand Total Raised $15,775

2012

Susan Wismer won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Susan Wismer raised a total of $825.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Susan Wismer's campaign in 2012
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations$500
South Dakota Retailers Association$150
South Dakota Ethanol Producers Association$100
South Dakota Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists$50
American Coalition for Ethanol$25
Total Raised in 2012$825
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Wismer received $6,371 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[8]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Susan Wismer's campaign in 2010
Wismer, Susan$4,712
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations$500
South Dakota Healthcare Association$300
Northwestern Energy Employees PAC-South Dakota$300
Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota$300
Total Raised in 2010 $6,371

2008

In 2008, Wismer collected $8,579 in donations.[9]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Susan Wismer $4,879
South Dakota Education Association $750
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $500
John Kippley $500
21st Century Democrats PAC $300

Scorecards

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2014

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

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the issue of abortions.

2013

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

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on the "top ten" issues affecting your freedom.

2012

In 2012, the 87th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 10 through March 19.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored "based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, federalism, and protection of life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness."[10]

2011

In 2011, the 86th South Dakota State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 28.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes as they relate to the S.D. GOP Platform.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes relating to the military and veterans.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to gun control and reform.

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South Dakota House of Representatives District 1
2009–present
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