|U.S. Senate, South Dakota|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next primary||June 10, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|31st Governor of South Dakota|
|January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011|
|South Dakota State Senate|
|1991 – 2001|
|Bachelor's||South Dakota State University (1977)|
|Birthday||October 24, 1954|
|Place of birth||Huron, SD|
Rounds is a partner in Fischer Rounds & Associates, an insurance and real estate firm with offices in Pierre, South Dakota, Rapid City, South Dakota, Mitchell, South Dakota, and Brandon, South Dakota. He placed his ownership interest into a blind trust upon being elected governor. Rounds is a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. He is also a member of numerous service clubs and community organizations including Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, National Exchange Club, Knights of Columbus, and Ducks Unlimited.
- BS, Political Science, South Dakota State University, 1977
South Dakota Governor (2003-2011)
On February 22, 2006, the state legislature of South Dakota passed an act banning all medical abortions except those necessary to save the mother's life. Rounds signed the act on March 6, and the ban was to have taken effect on July 1, 2006, but never did because of a court challenge. A referendum for a potential repeal of H.B. 1215 was placed on the ballot for the November 2006 statewide election due to a successful petition. On May 30, over 38,000 signatures were filed, more than twice the 17,000 required to qualify. The law was ultimately repealed by voters on November 7, 2006.
In mid-October 2012, Rounds filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to form an exploratory committee to run for the United States Senate seat held by Tim Johnson (D). Johnson will not seek another term. He announced he is running on November 29, 2012.
Rounds enjoyed high popularity throughout most of his first term. After signing a controversial bill to ban most abortions in early 2006, Rounds approval rating dropped significantly, but recovered substantially by summer. Rounds was therefore a heavy favorite for re-election.
In 2004, rumors circulated that television personality and former South Dakotan Pat O'Brien was considering a return to his home state to challenge Rounds; however, revelations of personal problems ended speculation about an O'Brien candidacy in 2006. Former state senator Ron Volesky of Huron, a Democrat, had announced his intention to oppose Rounds, but abandoned his bid on February 22, 2006, citing an inability to raise funds.
Two Democratic candidates emerged to challenge Rounds: Jack Billion, a retired surgeon and former state legislator from Sioux Falls, and Dennis Wiese, the former president of the South Dakota Farmers Union. Billion easily defeated Wiese for the nomination, and selected Rapid City school board member Eric Abrahamson as his running mate.
Rounds was re-elected on November 7, 2006. The results were as follows:
- Republicans: Mike Rounds and Dennis Daugaard — 61.7%
- Democrats: Jack Billion and Eric Abrahamson — 36.1%
- Constitution: Steve Willis and Larry Johnsen — 1.2%
- Libertarians: Tom Gerber and Betty Rose Ryan — 1.0%
Rounds' victory in the 2002 Republican Gubernatorial Primary was one of South Dakota's greatest political upsets. Until late in 2001, then-Congressman John Thune was the front-runner for the nomination. When Thune passed on the race to challenge Senator Tim Johnson, state Attorney General Mark Barnett and former Lt. Governor Steve Kirby quickly became candidates. Rounds declared his candidacy late, in December 2001, and was outraised and outspent ten-to-one by each of his opponents. However, the contest between Kirby and Barnett soon became very negative and "dirty." As the two front-runners concentrated on each other, Rounds insisted on running a positive campaign and was not attacked by his opponents. Rounds' positive image and extensive knowledge of state government won him many supporters who were alienated by the front-runners. On the day of the primary election, Rounds won a stunning victory, winning 44.3% to Barnett's 29.5% and Kirby's 26.1%.
After winning the Republican nomination, Rounds selected state senator Dennis Daugaard of Dell Rapids to be his running mate. Their Democratic opponents were University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott and his running mate, former state representative Mike Wilson. During the campaign, Abbott, who had been considered the Democratic Party's strongest nominee in years, was hampered by his strategic inability to attack Rounds; any effort to "go negative" would have only reinforced Rounds' positive campaign.
Rounds was elected governor on November 5, 2002. The results were as follows:
- Republicans: Mike Rounds and Dennis Daugaard — 56.8%
- Democrats: Jim Abbott and Mike Wilson — 41.9%
- Independent: Jim Carlson and Ron Bosch — 0.7%
- Libertarians: Nathan Barton and Eric Risty — 0.6%
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rounds' reports.
|Mike Rounds 2014 Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||June 5, 2013||$253,143.15||$185,813.00||$(67,654.86)||$371,301.29|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$371,301.29||$603,468.80||$(216,881.74)||$757,888.35|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$757,888.35||$607,299.06||$(350,365.93)||$1,014,821.48|
|Year-End||January 29, 2014||$1,014,821||$519,234||$(370,482)||$1,163,573|
Rounds, the oldest of eleven children, was born in Huron, South Dakota and has lived in Pierre since he was three. Rounds attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in political science. While at South Dakota State University, Rounds met his wife, Jean Rounds, formerly of Lake Preston, South Dakota. They were married in 1978 and have four children.
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- National Governors Association, "South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds," accessed October 22, 2012
- Project Vote Smart, "M. Michael 'Mike' Rounds's Biography," accessed October 22, 2012
- Washington Post, "S.D. Abortion Bill Takes Aim at 'Roe'," February 23, 2006
- MSNBC, "South Dakota governor signs abortion ban," March 7, 2006
- BBC News, "US state tightens abortion laws," March 7, 2006
- Argus Leader, "Mike Rounds files in move toward possible bid for Senate in 2014," October 17, 2012
- CNN Political Ticker, "Second early 2014 Senate campaign announcement," November 29, 2012
- National Journal, "Gov. Mike Rounds," accessed October 22, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Rounds 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 25, 2013
- FEC, "April Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
- FEC, "July Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
- FEC, "October Quarterly", accessed November 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mike Rounds Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
William J. Janklow
|Governor of South Dakota
January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011
| Succeeded by|
|South Dakota State Senate
1991 – 2001
| Succeeded by|
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