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Fred Deutsch
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South Dakota House of Representatives, District 4
In office
January 13, 2015 - present
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
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
Watertown School Board
Office website
Campaign website
Fred Deutsch is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.[1]


Deutsch's professional experience includes being the owner and operator of a chiropractic office in Watertown, SD since 1983.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Energy


Campaign themes


Deutsch's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]


  • Excerpt: "I will work with our farmers, ranchers and ag producers to provide the tools they need to continue to feed the world, compete in the global marketplace and fuel a clean energy future."

Jobs And Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "Policies that create jobs and promote economic development are vital to improve the lives of families in South Dakota. I'll work to strengthen our state's business friendly environment, eliminate unnecessary regulations, and keep taxes low."


  • Excerpt: "As a school board member, father and grandfather, I am passionate about doing what’s best for our children. If our children are to prosper and our state remain competitive in a knowledge-based, globally-connected world, we must dedicate the necessary resources, leadership and South Dakota ingenuity to improve education. South Dakota schools can be, and must be, as good as schools anywhere in the world."

Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I'm a solid advocate for our rights as guaranteed to us by the Second Amendment. I will vote to protect it."

State Budget

  • Excerpt: "Just like South Dakota families must live within their means, our state government must also. That means not spending more than we take in. State spending must align with our priorities and values as a people."


Deutsch's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Excerpt: "On social issues, Deutsch is pro-life and supports the Second Amendment. On matters of fiscal policy, he favors low taxes and eliminating regulations he deems unnecessary, and favors expanding domestic energy supplies."



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Incumbent Kathy Tyler and Peggy Schuelke were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Fred Deutsch and John Wiik were unopposed in the Republican primary. Deutsch and Wiik defeated Schuelke and Tyler in the general election.[1][4][5]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Deutsch 29.4% 4,426
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Wiik 26.1% 3,932
     Democratic Kathy Tyler Incumbent 23.8% 3,590
     Democratic Peggy Schuelke 20.7% 3,126
Total Votes 15,074
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Deutsch ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 4. Deutsch ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5 and was defeated in general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Tyler 26.7% 5,131
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Peterson 25.8% 4,958
     Republican Fred Deutsch 24.1% 4,624
     Republican James Gilkerson 23.4% 4,495
Total Votes 19,208


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Fred and his wife, Kathleen, have four daughters.[2]

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Preceded by
Kathy Tyler (D)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 4
Succeeded by