Michael Buckingham

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Michael Buckingham
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Candidate for
South Dakota State Senate District 33
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives
High schoolSteven's High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota
Master'sNational American University
ProfessionBusinessman, former law enforcement officer
(timed out) Campaign website
Michael Buckingham was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 33 of the South Dakota State Senate.

He currently serves as President of Real Estate Operations at National American University Holdings, Inc.[1]

Buckingham earned a B.A. in political science from the University of South Dakota and an MBA with emphasis in marketing from National American University. He previously served on the Rapid City School board.[2]

Campaign themes

Buckingham describes himself as a staunch fiscal conservative. Given his current position at NAU and his past position as a member of the Rapid City school board, education policy is his main area of legislative expertise. He states, " I believe passionately that a good education is vital to building strong families, a prospering community, and a community that can compete in the global economy." Additionally, he is pro-gun and claims to have "advanced gun owners' rights or stopped proposed gun restrictions" during his previous tenure in the legislature.[2]



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Buckingham ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 33. He was defeated by District 33 Rep. Phil Jensen in the Republican primary on June 5. No Democratic candidates filed for election. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Elizabeth Kraus (R) is not running for re-election.[3][4]

South Dakota State Senate District 33 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Jensen 57.6% 1,128
Michael Buckingham 42.4% 832
Total Votes 1,960


Buckingham and his wife have two children - Robin, a veterinarian, and Jeramy, a Navy veteran and current nursing student.[2]

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