Margaret Gillespie

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Margaret Gillespie
South Dakota State Senate District 16
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
Margaret Gillespie (b. February 15, 1969) was a Democratic member of the South Dakota State Senate from 2009 to 2011, representing the 16th District. Gillespie did not run for re-election to the 16th District seat in 2010.[1] Prior to leaving the senate, she served as the Minority Whip.

Gillespie also served in the South Dakota State House from 2000-2008.

Gillespie has worked as a reporter for KELO-Television. She worked as an attorney for Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office from 1996 to 1999. She has worked as an attorney for Gallard Legal Clinic since 2000. She has also worked as a lawyer for Gubboud, Hougland and Gillespie since 2001.

Gillespie earned her B.A. from Augustana College in 1991. She went on to receive her J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1996.

Committee assignments

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



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Gillespie did not run for re-election to the 16th District seat in 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On Nov. 4, 2008, Gillespie won election to the 16th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Kenneth Albers (R).[2]

Gillespie raised $17,224 for her campaign while Albers raised $24,626.[3]

South Dakota State Senate, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Margaret Gillespie (D) 5,931 50.50%
Kenneth D. Albers (R) 5,813 49.50%

Campaign donors


Gillespie raised $17,224 during the 2008 election cycle.

Her top contributors are listed below.[4]

Donor Amount
South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association $5,500
South Dakota Education Association $2,500
South Dakota Majority Project $1,000
Union County Democrats $700
Richard Tieszen $500
South Dakota Association of Specialty Care Providers $400
South Dakota State Medical Association $300
South Dakota Chiropractors Association $300
South Association of Realtors $300
International Brotherhood of Teamsters $300
South Dakota Retail Liquor Dealers Association $300


Gillespie is married.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roland Chicoine
South Dakota House District 16
Succeeded by
Jim Bolin
Preceded by
Kenneth Albers
South Dakota Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Dan Lederman