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Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)

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Russell Olson
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South Dakota State Senate, District 8
Former member
In office
2009 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Leader, South Dakota State Senate
2013
Compensation
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsFour terms
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives, District 8
2007 - 2009
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota
Master'sUniversity of South Dakota, 1996
Personal
Place of birthEgan, South Dakota
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Russell Olson wass a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 8 from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, he served as State Senate Majority Leader.

In August 2013, Olson announced his resignation, effective September 30, in order to take a position as CEO of Heartland Consumer Power District.[1][2]

Olson served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 8 from 2006 to 2008.

Biography

Olson earned his B.S. in English/Political Science and his M.A. in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota. His professional experience includes working as a land use planner for the South Eastern Council of Governments, Executive Director for Lake Area Improvement Corporation and manager of Community and Economic Development at Heartland Consumer Power District.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Olson served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Procedure
State Affairs, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 8. Olson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5 and defeated Charles Johnson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

South Dakota State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRussell Olson Incumbent 63.4% 7,072
     Democratic Charles Johnson 36.6% 4,089
Total Votes 11,161

2010

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Olson ran for re-election to the 8th District seat in 2010. He ran for the seat on the Republican ticket and defeated Independent Clark Schmidtke, Sr.. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

South Dakota State Senate, District 8 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Russell Olson (R) 6,981 80.90%
Clark Schmidtke, Sr. (I) 1,648 19.10%

2008

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Olson won election to the 8th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Scott Parsley (D).[4]

Olson raised $66,290 for his campaign while Parsley raised $36,012.[5]

South Dakota State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Russell Olson (R) 5,804 55.31%
Scott Parsley (D) 4,690 44.69%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Russell Olson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Russell Olson raised a total of $201,159 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 26, 2013.[6]

Russell Olson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota State Senate, District 8 Won $68,675
2010 South Dakota State Senate, District 8 Won $34,423
2008 South Dakota State Senate, District 8 Won $66,290
2006 South Dakota House of Representatives, District 8 Won $31,771
Grand Total Raised $201,159

2012

Russell Olson won re-election to the South Dakota State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Russell Olson raised a total of $68,675.
South Dakota State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)'s campaign in 2012
Peter Norbeck Pac$3,000
Deer & Co$2,000
South Dakota Healthcare Association$1,700
South Dakota Corn Growers Association$1,500
Cotel$1,250
Total Raised in 2012$68,675
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Olson received $34,423 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[7]

South Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Russell Olson (South Dakota politician)'s campaign in 2010
Bergh, Keith B$1,000
Kern, Brian$1,000
Bockorny, David$1,000
Oscar Anderson South Dakota Freedom Fund$1,000
Brennan, Charles$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $34,423

2008

Olson raised $66,290 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
South Dakota Republican Party $13,229
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of South Dakota $10,000
David Bockorny $1,000
Mike McDowell $1,000
Jerry Prostollo $1,000
Dan Roemen $1,000
Jill Bockorny $1,000
Anthony Gensel $1,000
Delon Mork $1,000
Deb Prostollo $1,000
Randy Schaefer $1,000
Denny Daugard $1,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Gassman
South Dakota House District 8
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Mitch Fargen
Preceded by
David Gassman
South Dakota Senate District 8
2009–2013
Succeeded by
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