Bill Van Gerpen
|Bill Van Gerpen|
|South Dakota House District 19|
| Term in office began|
| Term in office ended|
Gerpen earned his BSE from Southern State College in 1970. He went on to receive his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in 1979.
Gerpen served in the United States Air Force as a Personnel Specialist from 1970 to 1976. He then was a Pastor at Valley City Baptist Church from 1979 to 1985. From 1988 to 1995, he was Religious Affairs Coordinator/Academic Instructor for Springfield Prison. Gerpen has been a Pastor at Tyndall Baptist Church since 1985. He has also served in the Air National Guard as a Chaplain since 1988.
Gerpen served on the Bon Homme County School Board from 1988 to 1996. He was a candidate for the South Dakota State Senate in 1998 but was not elected. He served in the South Dakota State House of Representatives from 1996 to 1998, 2000 to 2004, and from 2009 to 2011. Gerpen and his wife, Karen, have two children.
Prior to leaving the South Dakota House of Representatives, Van Gerpen served on the following committees:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, South Dakota House
- Education Committee, South Dakota House
Van Gerpen is running in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 19. Van Gerpen ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5. Frank J. Kloucek ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election takes place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent J.E. Putnam (R) is not running for re-election.
Van Gerpen did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits.
In 2008, Van Gerpen collected $5,203 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|South Dakota Republican Party||$1,630|
|Thousands of South Dakotans Supporting Bill Janklow for Congress||$500|
|Shawn Van Gerpen||$500|
|South Dakota Telecommunications Association||$250|
- South Dakota House of Representatives - Rep. Bill Van Gerpen
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2004, 2002, 2000
|South Dakota House of Representatives District 19
| Succeeded by|
Frank Kloucek (D), Edward Van Gerpen (R)