|South Dakota State Senate District 2|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|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|
|High school||Redfield High School, 1971|
|Bachelor's||Northern State University, 1975|
Welke earned a BA in School Administration/Physical Education from Northern State University in 1975. He worked at the Warner School as an athletic director and principal from 1977 to his retirement in 2010.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Welke served on the following committees:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Local Government|
|• Retirement Laws|
Welke won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 2. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 5 and defeated incumbent Arthur Fryslie (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|South Dakota State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Art Fryslie Incumbent||48.6%||5,140|
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Welke has been married to his wife Ellen since 1975.
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Jim Hundstad (D)
|South Dakota House of Representatives District 2
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