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Betty Olson

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Betty Olson
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South Dakota State Senate, District 28
Incumbent
In office
January 13, 2015 - present
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms (8 years)
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives, District 28
2007 - 2015
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Betty Olson is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 28. She was first elected to chamber in 2014.[1]

Olson served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 28B from 2006 to 2015. Olson did not seek re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2014.

Biography

Olson has worked as a writer, a substitute teacher and a rancher.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vice Chair
Local Government

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate took place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Oren Lesmeister ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Betty Olson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Olson defeated Lesmeister in the general election.[2][3][1]

South Dakota State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBetty Olson 54.6% 3,997
     Democratic Oren Lesmeister 45.4% 3,317
Total Votes 7,314
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State

2012

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 28A. Olson ran unopposed. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

2010

See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Olson won re-election to District 28B of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Olson ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary.[5] Olson defeated Teresa Schanzenbach (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[6]

South Dakota State House, District 28B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Betty Olson (R) 2,826 72.50%
Green check mark transparent.png Teresa Schanzenbach (I) 1,072 27.50%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Betty Olson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Betty Olson raised a total of $9,637 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 27, 2013.[7]

Betty Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 28B Won $1,230
2010 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 28B Won $3,291
2008 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 28B Won $2,510
2006 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 28B Won $2,606
Grand Total Raised $9,637

2012

Betty Olson won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Betty Olson raised a total of $1,230.
South Dakota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Betty Olson's campaign in 2012
Peter Norbeck Pac$500
Black Hills Corp$250
David Bunning$200
Sdaba Pac$150
South Dakota Federation of Republican Women$80
Total Raised in 2012$1,230
Source: Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Olson received $3,291 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[8]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Betty Olson's campaign in 2010
Independent Community Bankers Of South Dakota$300
South Dakota Telecommunications Association$300
South Dakota Cable Telecommunications Association$300
South Dakota Association of Realtors$300
South Dakota State Medical Association$300
Total Raised in 2010 $3,291

2008

In 2008, Olson collected $2,510 in donations.[9]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Maher for Senate $500
South Dakota Association of Specialty Care Providers $250
South Dakota Federation of Republican Women $230
NAIP-PAC $200
Qwest Communications $200

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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Political offices
Preceded by
Ryan Maher (R)
South Dakota Senate District 28
2015-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 28
2007–2015
Succeeded by
J. Sam Marty (R)