Ron Volesky

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Ron Volesky
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South Dakota State House of Representatives, District 22
Former member
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Date of birthJuly 13, 1954
Place of birthStanding Rock, South Dakota
State Attorney General 2010 elections
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Ron J. Volesky is an attorney and former member of the South Dakota State Senate. At the State Democratic Party Convention, he was nominated as a candidate for the statewide office of attorney general, challenging incumbent Republican Marty J. Jackley in the 2010 election.[1] His loss in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 marked the third time in a row that he has failed in his attempt to be elected to the statewide position.

In 2014, after U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D) announced his retirement, Volesky announced that he was considering a run for U.S. Senate.[2]

Political career

Volesky has operated in various capacities within South Dakota politics for both major parties. He served three years as city commissioner for Huron and later spent sixteen years within the State Senate. Volesky has twice been thwarted in his attempt to campaign for governor. He first tried for the state executive office in 2002, but lost in the four-way Democratic primary. Four years later, Volesky once again sought the Democratic nomination, only to abandon his bid in February 2006 due to a lack of sufficient funds.



See also: United States Senate elections in South Dakota, 2014

In September 2014, Volesky announced he was considering running for U.S. Senate.[2]


See also: South Dakota Attorney General election, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Marty Jackley won re-election to the office of South Dakota Attorney General. He defeated Ron Volesky (D) in the general election.

South Dakota Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Jackley Incumbent 66.9% 202,499
     Democratic Ron Volesky 33.1% 100,182
Total Votes 302,681
Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State


2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[3]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Larry Long (R) 64.7%
Ron Valesky (D) 32.6%
Randy Ristesund (Libertarian) 2.8%
Total votes 320,250


2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election[4]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Larry Long (R) 53.5%
Ron Valesky (D) 42.8%
Bob Newland (Libertarian) 3.7%
Total votes 326,095

Campaign donors


According to Follow the Money, Volesky raised $1,293 in 2008 for his state house campaign.[5]

Listed below is the only contributor. The rest of the unaccounted for contributions came from unitemized donations:

Donor Amount
Ron Volesky $175


According to Follow the Money, Volesky raised $10,110 in 2006 for his state attorney general campaign.[6]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
N. Beverly Tucker $500
Patric Duffy $500
John Billion $500
June Armstrong $500
Nicholas Nemec $500


According to Follow the Money, Volesky raised $170,289 in 2002 for his state attorney general campaign.[7]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Democratic Party $107,000
Ron Volesky $5,000
Dash PAC $5,000
Kevin Costner $3,000
Keep Hope Alive $3,000


According to Follow the Money, Volesky raised $3,525 in 2000 for his state senatorial campaign.[8]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Beadle County Lady Democrats $400
South Dakota Education Association $300
South Dakota Chiropractic Association $250
Qwest Communications $250
South Dakota Optometric Association $250

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