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Mitch Fargen

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Mitch Fargen
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South Dakota House District 8
In office
2009 - 2013
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Office website
Mitch Fargen is a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 8.

Fargen is Membership Director of the South Dakota Farmers Union.

Fargen joined the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2009. He has served in that position since, representing the 8th District.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fargen ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 15. Fargen was defeated by Karen L. Soli and incumbent Patrick Kirschman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5. No Republican candidates filed for election. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jenna Haggar (I) is running for re-election in District 10.[1][2]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren L. Soli 36.4% 386
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick A. Kirschman Incumbent 34% 361
Mitch Fargen 29.6% 314
Total Votes 1,061


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Fargen ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 8 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Also running were fellow Democratic incumbent Gerald Lange, Patricia Stricherz (R) and Jason Bjorklund (I).[3] Fargen and Patricia Stricherz (R) won election in the November 2 general election.[4]

South Dakota State House, District 8 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mitch Fargen (D) 5,133 34.25%
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Stricherz (R) 3,559 23.75%
Gerald Lange (D) 3,435 22.92%
Jason Bjorklund (I) 2,859 19.08%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Fargen received $29,236 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[5]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mitch Fargen's campaign in 2010
South Dakota Corn Growers Association$1,500
Equality South Dakota$1,500
South Dakota Ethanol Producers$750
Broin, Jeff$750
Total Raised in 2010 $29,236


In 2008, Fargen collected $16,283 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Education Association $1,500
Mitch Fargen $1,027
Equality South Dakota $500
21st Century Democrats PAC $500
Marian Fargen $500

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