Bill Van Gerpen
|Bill Van Gerpen|
|South Dakota State Senate District 19|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Base salary||$12,000/two-year term|
|Per diem||$110/legislative day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|South Dakota House of Representatives District 19|
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.
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:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
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.
|South Dakota State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bill Van Gerpen||60%||7,024|
Van Gerpen did not seek re-election, although he was eligible to do so under South Dakota's term limits.
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
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|
- Sen. Van Gerpen's website
- 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)
J.E. Putnam (R)
|South Dakota State Senate District 19
| Succeeded by|