|Governor of South Dakota|
|January 8, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Mike Rounds (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
|January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011|
|South Dakota State Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of South Dakota|
|J.D.||Northwestern University School of Law|
|Birthday||June 11, 1953|
|Place of birth||Garretson, SD|
Daugaard was raised on a family farm near Garretson, South Dakota. Both parents were deaf and his earliest schooling was in a one-room rural schoolhouse. He attended high school in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, graduating in 1971. He attended the University of South Dakota, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
He practiced law for three years in Chicago before returning to Sioux Falls, where he worked as an executive banker for almost a decade. In 1990, he joined the Children's Home Society as development director, becoming executive director in 2002 and remaining there until 2009.
- J.D., Northwestern University Law School, 1978
- B.A., University of South Dakota, 1975
Governor of South Dakota (2011-Present)
Daugaard was first elected governor in 2010.
As governor, Daugaard is responsible for appointing judges to South Dakota state courts. In South Dakota, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge to the Supreme Court, she or he must stand for retention in the next general election more than three years after taking office. Judges appointed to the circuit courts hold office until the end of the unexpired term. For an up-to-date list of all of Daugaard's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
On December 4, 2012, Daugaard told state legislators that he opposed the expansion of the state's Medicaid program to provide health benefits to "able-bodied" poor people under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare." "There are far too many unanswered questions for me to recommend adding 48,000 adults to the 116,000 already on our rolls," he stated. According to a study by the Urban Institute and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the expansion of Medicaid would cover an additional 44,000 state residents between 2014 and 2022. Daugaard cited higher projections, saying it would add an additional 48,564.
In January 2013, Daugaard said he supported the state's current gun laws and would not seek to change them. Any plan to improve school safety, including allowing teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools, he said, should be developed by local school officials and law enforcement agencies.
Lieutenant Governor (2003-2011)
Daugaard was elected lieutenant governor in 2002 on a ticket with Mike Rounds, and the two were re-elected in 2006. Under the South Dakota Constitution, Lt. Governor Daugaard served as President of the State Senate. In addition, he served as chair of the Worker's Compensation Advisory Council, which reviews and makes recommendations regarding the state's workers' compensation program.
Daugaard also undertook other duties as assigned by the governor. He served as a member of a commission which is considering amendments to the legislative article of South Dakota's Constitution, and was chairman of a state task force studying options reducing the number of South Dakotans without health insurance coverage.
South Dakota State Senate (1997-2003)
Daugaard was a member of the South Dakota State Senate from 1997 to 2003.
Daugaard is eligible to run for re-election as Governor of South Dakota in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.
Daugaard won the general election in 2010 with 61.51% of the vote. Results have been certified as of November 9, 2010.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2010|
|Republican||Dennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels||61.5%||195,024|
|Democratic||Scott Heidepriem/Ben Arndt||38.5%||122,010|
|Governor of South Dakota, 2010|
Comprehensive donor information for Daugaard is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Daugaard raised a total of $3,372,605 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Dennis Daugaard's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Dennis Daugaard's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of South Dakota
Lt. Governor of South Dakota
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,471,131 (Democrat)||$19,744|
|Top 5 contributors||Republican Governors Association||$51,457||Rounds for Governor||$10,000|
|Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith||$23,000||South Dakota Republican Party||$7,280|
|Frank Farrar||$8,000||John Ricketts||$1,000|
|Cynthia Jewett||$8,000||Wells Fargo||$1,000|
|5 other individual donors||$8,000 each||Dan Kirby||$1,000|
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- Gov. Daugaard Recruits Minnesotans To SD - KDLT News
- South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard heads to Minnesota, ups effort to lure job ... - MinnPost.com
- Meet South Dakota's new mall salesman: Dennis Daugaard - Sioux Falls Argus Leader
- SD Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he rates his job performance as satisfactory ... - The Republic
- SD Governor recognizes Siouxland's future leaders at luncheon - KTIV
- SD governor seeks higher credit rating - Prairie Business
- South Dakota governor asks damage assessment of ice storm - KSFY
- Daugaard recruits employees to South Dakota at Mall of America - KSFY
- Disaster declaration approved for seven South Dakota counties - KSFY
- Gov. Daugaard Declares May 17 As Al Neuharth Day In South Dakota - Black Hills Pioneer
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Daugaard and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1981 and have three children: Laura, Sara, and Christopher.
- Governor of South Dakota
- Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
- Lieutenant Governor Matthew Michels
- South Dakota Governor creates review of red tape June 26, 2012
- South Dakota pays to fill surplus of jobs August 28, 2012
- Website of the Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
- Dennis Daugaard campaign website
- Dennis Daugaard's historical listing at the South Dakota State Legislature
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- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- ↑ Huffington Post, "Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota Governor, Rejects Obamacare Medicaid Expansion," December 5, 2012
- ↑ The Republic, "South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state's gun control laws are in good shape," January 19, 2013
- ↑ South Dakota Secretary of State, "General Election - November 2, 2010", updated November 9, 2001 at 17:10, accessed November 15, 2010
- ↑ The New York Times, "Election 2010-South Dakota Primary Results," June 8, 2010
- ↑ Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Dennis Daugaard," accessed May 10, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
| Succeeded by|
Matthew Michels (R)
Mike Rounds (R)
|Governor of South Dakota
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