Tim Begalka

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Tim Begalka
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South Dakota State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms
Prior offices
South Dakota State House of Representatives
2001-2004
Education
High schoolClear Lake High School 1978
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University, 1982
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 19, 1960
Place of birthClear Lake, SD
ProfessionOwner, Sodak Gardens
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Tim Begalka (b. February 19, 1960) is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Begalka served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004.

Biography

Begalka earned his B.S. from South Dakota State University.

Begalka worked his way from manager to owner of Sodak Gardens.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Energy
Judiciary, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012 and Game-changers

Begalka won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 4. Begalka defeated Val Rausch (2012 House Speaker) in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated incumbent Steven Street (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

South Dakota State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Begalka Incumbent 61% 6,603
     Democratic Steven Street Incumbent 39% 4,227
Total Votes 10,830
South Dakota State Senate District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bagalka Incumbent 66.8% 1,106
Val Rausch 33.2% 549
Total Votes 1,655

2010

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Begalka defeated Mark Pederson in the June 8 primary. He also defeated Dick Schwandt (D) in the November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 4 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Begalka (R) 5,346 61.00%
Dick Schwandt (D) 3,418 39.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tim Begalka is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Tim Begalka raised a total of $42,231 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[4]

Tim Begalka's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota State Senate, District 4 Won $22,888
2010 South Dakota State Senate, District 4 Won $8,293
2002 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 4 Won $6,523
2000 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 4 Won $4,527
Grand Total Raised $42,231

2012

Tim Begalka won re-election to the South Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Tim Begalka raised a total of $22,888.
South Dakota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tim Begalka's campaign in 2012
Peter Norbeck Pac$3,000
Senate Republican Cc$3,000
Codington Co Republican Cc$2,000
All South Dakota Pac$2,000
Greenfield, Brock$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$22,888
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Begalka raised a total of $8,293 in campaign funds.[5] His top contributors were:

Donor Amount
SDGO PAC $1,500
Olson for South Dakota Senate $500
Koistinen Campaign Cmte $500
South Dakota Association of Realtors $500

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."[6]

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.

Personal

Begalka and his wife, Rhonda, have five children, named Aaron, Carrie, Austin, Ronald, and Robert. They currently reside in Clear Lake.

Politically, he has been active with the Deuel County Republican Party, serving as a delegate, secretary, and chair.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Peterson (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 4
2011–present
Succeeded by
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