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Jim Hundstad

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Jim Hundstad
Jim Hundstad.jpg
South Dakota State Senate District 2
Former member
In office
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limitsFour terms
Prior offices
South Dakota State House of Representatives
Bachelor'sNorthern State University, 1972
Master'sNorthern State University, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1961-1968
Date of birthDecember 16, 1941
Place of birthAberdeen, SD
ProfessionOwner/Farmer, Hundstad Family Farm
Office website
Jim Hundstad (b. December 16, 1941) is a former Democratic member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing the 2nd District from 2005 to 2013. Previously he was a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2000 through 2005.

Hundstad served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1968. He then worked as a teacher for Groton School District from 1973 to 1976. He then went on to work for Aberdeen School District from 1977 to 1981. From 1995 to 2003, Hundstad was the owner of Dolly's Doll House. Since 1981 he has worked as owner and farmer on Hundstad Family Farm.

Hundstad earned his B.S. from Northern State University in 1972. He went on to receive his ME in Education from Northern State University in 1973.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Hundstad ran for re-election to the 2nd District seat in 2010. He ran unopposed. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

South Dakota State Senate, District 2 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Hundstad (D) 5,872 100.00%


On Nov. 4, 2008, Hundstad won re-election to the 2nd District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Hjalmer Tschetter (R).[1]

Hanson raised $4,830 for his campaign while Tschetter raised $16,141.[2]

South Dakota State Senate, District 2 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Hundstad (D) 5,876 60.32%
Hjalmer Tschetter (R) 3,866 39.68%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Hundstad received $1,197 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[3]

South Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Hundstad's campaign in 2010
South Dakota Association Of Healthcare Organizations$250
Ehresmann, Milt$150
South Dakota Retailers Association$150
Hundstad, Jim$121
South Dakota Healthcare Association$100
Total Raised in 2010 $1,197


Hundstad raised $4,830 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
South Dakota Education Association $500
Brown County Democratic Party $400
South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association $300
South Dakota Corn Growers Association $250


Hundstad and his wife Barbara have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Cutler
South Dakota House District 2
Succeeded by
Paul Dennert (D)
Preceded by
Paul Dennert (D)
South Dakota Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Chuck Welke (D)