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Bill Van Gerpen
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South Dakota State Senate District 19
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives District 19
Office website
Bill Van Gerpen (b. March 16, 1949) is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 19 since 2013.

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.

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Appropriations


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, while in the South Dakota House of Representatives, Van Gerpen served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Van Gerpen won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 19. Van Gerpen ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated Frank J. Kloucek (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

South Dakota State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Van Gerpen 60% 7,024
     Democratic Frank Kloucek 40% 4,677
Total Votes 11,701


Van Gerpen did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits.

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

In 2008, Van Gerpen collected $5,203 in donations.[2]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Republican Party $1,630
Thousands of South Dakotans Supporting Bill Janklow for Congress $500
Shawn Van Gerpen $500
Matt Hayes $250
South Dakota Telecommunications Association $250

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 19
Succeeded by
Frank Kloucek (D), Edward Van Gerpen (R)
Preceded by
J.E. Putnam (R)
South Dakota State Senate District 19
Succeeded by