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David Knudson
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South Dakota State Senate District 14
Former member
In office
David Knudson was a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate from 2003 to 2011, representing the 14th District. In 2010, Knudson was ineligible to run under South Dakota's term limits. He ran for governor but was defeated in the Republican primary on June 8.[1] Prior to leaving the senate, he was the Majority Leader.

Knudson is a lawyer.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the South Dakota State Senate, Knudson served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota gubernatorial election, 2010 and South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Knudson did not run for re-election to the 14th District seat in 2010. He was defeated in the Republican primary for governor on June 8. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[2]
Candidates Percentage
Dave Knudson (R) 15.77%
Scott Munsterman (R) 17.57%
Green check mark.jpg Dennis Daugaard (R) 50.42%
Ken Knuppe (R) 3.8%
Gordon Howie (R) 12.44%
Total votes 83,817


On Nov. 4, 2008, Knudson won re-election to the 14th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Bob Stevens (D).[3]

Knudson raised $266,211 for his campaign while Stevens raised $13,581.[4]

South Dakota State Senate, District 14 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Knudson (R) 7,160 60.53%
Bob Stevens (D) 4,668 39.47%

Campaign donors


Knudson raised $266,211 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[5]

Donor Amount
GPS PAC $20,000
Jobs for South Dakota $10,000
De Knudson $10,000
Barbara Everist $4,000
David Billion $4,000
Carmen Schieffer $3,000
Albert Hegyi $3,000
Kevin Schieffer $3,000
Kelby Krabbenhoft $3,000
Thomas Everist $3,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kermit Staggers
South Dakota Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Joni Cutler (R)