Gordon Howie

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Gordon Howie
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, South Dakota
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Dakota State Senate District 30
South Dakota State House
ProfessionRancher, businessman
Personal website
Campaign website
Gordon Howie is a 2014 Independent candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from South Dakota.[1] Although Howie is registered as an Independent, he is running as a conservative candidate. Howie said, "I am a Republican philosophically. I am now a registered independent, but I fully embrace the Republican Party platform. That is a significant difference between me and some other Republicans who are running for office.”[2]


Howie (b. July 23, 1949) was a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate from 2009 to 2011, representing the 30th District. Howie lost in the Republican primary for governor and did not run for re-election to his seat.[3] Howie also served in the South Dakota State House from 2004 to 2009.

Howie worked as a real estate broker for Gordon Howie Real Estate from 1970 to 2006. He was a rancher and owner of Holy Cow Ranch from 1994 to 2006.[4]

Committee assignments

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



See also: United States Senate elections in South Dakota, 2014

Howie is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent South Dakota. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1]


Gordon Howie for Senate 2014: "God & Politics."


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Howie did not run for re-election to the 30th District seat in 2010. He lost in the Republican primary for governor on June 8, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On Nov. 4, 2008, Howie won election to the 30th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent David Melmer (D).[5]

Howie raised $13,738 for his campaign, while Melmer raised $3,928.[6]

South Dakota State Senate, District 30 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gordon Howie (R) 8,063 64.58%
David Melmer (D) 4,422 35.42%

Campaign donors


Howie raised $13,738 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Gordon Howie $2,244
Paulene Staben $1,000
South Dakota Association of Realtors $1,000
Gary Howie $1,000
Bernard Johnson $1,000
BNSF Railway $500
Vernon Schnose $500
Owen Emme $500


Howie and his wife, Connie, have six children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Lintz
South Dakota Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Bruce Rampelberg (R)