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Thomas Brunner

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Thomas Brunner
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South Dakota House of Representatives District 29
In office
January 13, 2015 - present
Term ends
  January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$6,000/session; $129/day for interim committees
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms (8 years)
Prior offices
South Dakota House District 29
2005 - 2013
Date of birthFebruary 28, 1958
Place of birthBelle Fourche, SD
Office website
Thomas Brunner (b. February 28, 1958) is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.[1]

Brunner previously served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 29 from 2005 to 2013.


Brunner's professional experience includes working as a farmer.

Committee assignments


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


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



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Incumbent Dean Wink and Thomas Brunner defeated Tammy Basel, Wanda Blair and Terri Jorgenson in the Republican primary. Brunner and Wink were unopposed in the general election.[1][2][3]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 29 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDean Wink Incumbent 29.8% 1,607
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Brunner 22% 1,186
Wanda Blair 20.5% 1,105
Terri Jorgenson 15.6% 843
Tammy Basel 12% 649
Total Votes 5,390


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Brunner ran for re-election to District 29 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Brunner and Dean Wink (incumbent) both advanced past the June 8 Republican primary.[4] Wink and Brunner defeated DaleArleta Volmer (D) in the general election.[5]

South Dakota State House, District 29 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Brunner (R) 6,244 43.53%
Green check mark transparent.png Dean Wink (R) 5,088 35.47%
DaleArleta Volmer (D) 3,011 20.99%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Brunner received $7,124 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[6]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Brunner's campaign in 2010
Buckingham, Robin$1,000
South Dakota Rural Electric Association$500
South Dakota Association Of Realtors$500
South Dakota Telecommunications Association$400
South Dakota Trucking Association$350
Total Raised in 2010 $7,124


In 2008, Brunner collected $9,000 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,000
South Dakota Telecommunications Association $750
South Dakota Association of Realtors $300
William Janklow South Dakota Development Fund $250
Black Hills Corp $250


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Brunner and his wife, Quin, have seven children.

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Preceded by
Gary Cammack (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 29
Succeeded by
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 29
Succeeded by