Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, South Dakota
The two major political parties claim that their policies will lead to better outcomes. What does the data show?
At Ballotpedia, we explored these issues in a three-part study, Who Runs the States.
This page takes a specific look at how South Dakota performed in the study.
Background about the study
- See also: Ballotpedia: Who Runs the States
Part One examines the partisanship of state government from 1992-2013. Part Two establishes a State Quality of Life Index (SQLI), aggregating a variety of existing state indices into one measurement. Part Three will overlay the two reports, looking for trends and correlations.
Part 1: Partisanship analysis
South Dakota Governor
During every year from 1992 to 2013 there were Republican governors in office for South Dakota. South Dakota is one of eight states that were run by a Republican governor for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992 to 2013. South Dakota was under Republican trifectas for the final 19 years of the study.
Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.
Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
South Dakota Senate
From 1992 to 2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the South Dakota State Senate for two years while the Republicans were the majority for 20 years. The South Dakota State Senate is one of 13 state senates that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.
Across the country, there were 541 Democratic and 517 Republican state senates from 1992 to 2013.
South Dakota House of Representatives
During every year from 1992 to 2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the South Dakota State House of Representatives. The South Dakota House of Representatives is one of nine state Houses that was Republican for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.
Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican state houses of representatives from 1992 to 2013.
Partisan control changes
There were two partisan control changes in South Dakota during the study period. The average number of changes in the 50 states was four, putting South Dakota less than the average.
Part 2: State Quality of Life Index (SQLI)
-- South Dakota’s average ranking over the course of the study period was 9.05, which puts it at 8 in the overall SQLI ranking.
- The year that South Dakota had the highest ranking was 2010, in which it ranked 5th.
- The year that South Dakota had the lowest ranking was 1997, in which it ranked 15th.
- The index type that South Dakota had the highest ranking in was Unfunded Pension Liabilities Per Capita, in which it ranked 2nd.
- The index type that South Dakota had the lowest ranking in was Government Employment Share of the Population, in which it ranked 46th.
|South Dakota SQLI 1992-2012|
|24/7 Wall St Best/Worst Governed States||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||13||10||7|
|America's Health Rankings||12||14||18||12||11||9||11||14||14||17||12||11||19||17||16||16||20||20||20||19||27|
|Chief Executive Magazine Best and Worst States for Business Survey||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||28||23||20||18||13||14||15||19|
|CNBC Top States for Business||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||18||7||12||7||13||7|
|Forbes Best States for Business||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||17||25||23||16||17||17||12|
|Govt. Employment Share Population||45||46||46||46||46||46||46||46||45||46||46||46||46||46||46||45||45||45||46||47||46|
|Personal Income Per Capita||37||37||36||38||35||37||36||36||36||35||36||28||24||24||31||25||22||22||20||12||18|
|Real GDP per capita||37||32||34||35||35||40||37||35||32||28||20||23||23||22||25||24||18||15||22||23||N/A|
|S&P Credit Rating||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||20||21||24||26||26||13||14|
|State Govt. Spending/GDP||13||13||16||14||14||19||20||18||12||15||8||8||6||9||14||9||4||9||9||8||N/A|
|State & local tax burden||4||3||4||4||4||3||5||5||5||4||4||4||3||4||3||3||2||2||2||N/A||N/A|
|Tax Freedom Day||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||5|
|Unfunded Pension Liabilities per capita||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||5||3||2||N/A|
- Ballotpedia:Who runs the states
- Governor of South Dakota
- South Dakota State Senate
- South Dakota House of Representatives
- Note: The average rank is compiled by adding up all years of rankings and then dividing by 21 to obtain the average state ranking. This average figure is ranked relative to the rest of the 49 states to derive an overall SQLI ranking.
State of South Dakota
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Secretary of Education | Director of Insurance | Secretary of Agriculture | Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources | Secretary of Labor | Chairman of Public Utilities |