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Steve Barnett

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Steve Barnett
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South Dakota State Auditor
In office
January 2011 – present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorRichard Sattgast (R)
Base salary$105,348
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$99,635
Term limits2 consecutive terms
High schoolRoncalli High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota
Office website
Campaign website
Steve Barnett is the 27th and current South Dakota State Auditor. Barnett, a Republican, was first elected to this position in 2010 and ran for re-election in 2014.[1] Steve Barnett won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Barnett has worked for Wells Fargo and held positions with the South Dakota Republican Party. From 2005 to 2010 he served as a Constituent Services Representative in U.S. Senator John Thune's Aberdeen district office.[2]


  • B.A., University of South Dakota
  • MBA, University of Sioux Falls

Political career

South Dakota State Auditor (2011-present)

Barnett has served as South Dakota State Auditor since 2011.



See also: South Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Barnett ran for re-election as South Dakota Auditor in 2014. He was re-nominated at the Republican convention and faced Libertarian Party candidate Kurt Evans in the general election.[1]


General election
South Dakota Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Barnett Incumbent 79.9% 191,755
     Libertarian Kurt Evans 20.1% 48,103
Total Votes 239,858
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.


Barnett was first elected to the office of auditor on November 2, 2010. He defeated Republican Julie Bartling.[3]

South Dakota Auditor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Barnett 60.8% 181,954
     Democratic Julie Bartling 39.2% 117,190
Total Votes 299,144

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barnett is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Barnett raised a total of $99,635 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.[4]

Steve Barnett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Dakota Auditor Not up for election $0
2010 South Dakota Auditor Won $99,635
Grand Total Raised $99,635


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Barnett and his wife, Nicole, live in Aberdeen. They have one child, Emma Claire. Barnett's grandfather, Joe Barnett Sr., served as speaker of the House and Republican majority leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives.[6]

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Preceded by
Richard L. Sattgast (R)
South Dakota State Auditor
Succeeded by