|Governor of South Dakota|
|January 8, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Mike Rounds (R)|
|President, South Dakota State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota|
|January 7, 2003 – January 8, 2011|
|South Dakota State Senate|
|High school||Dell Rapids High School (1971)|
|Bachelor's||University of South Dakota (1975)|
|J.D.||Northwestern University School of Law (1978)|
|Date of birth||June 11, 1953|
|Place of birth||Garretson, SD|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Personal
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
As governor, Daugaard has made job creation, sound fiscal management, and efficient government operation his priorities. In an effort to improve efficiency and open state government, he launched the Better Government Initiative in 2011. An ongoing project, the effort works to cut red tape, eliminating over 900 sections of code.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Daugaard as the 7th most conservative governor in the country.
Daugaard was raised on a family farm near Garretson, South Dakota. Both parents were deaf and his earliest schooling was in a one-room rural schoolhouse. He attended high school in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, graduating in 1971. He attended the University of South Dakota, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
He practiced law for three years in Chicago before returning to Sioux Falls, where he worked as an executive banker for almost a decade. In 1990, he joined the Children's Home Society as development director, becoming executive director in 2002 and remaining there until 2009.
- J.D., Northwestern University Law School, 1978
- B.A., University of South Dakota, 1975
- Graduated, Dell Rapids High School, 1971
Governor of South Dakota (2011-Present)
Daugaard was first elected governor on November 2, 2010.
As governor, Daugaard is responsible for appointing judges to South Dakota state courts. In South Dakota, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge to the Supreme Court, she or he must stand for retention in the next general election more than three years after taking office. Judges appointed to the circuit courts hold office until the end of the unexpired term. For an up-to-date list of all of Daugaard's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
On December 4, 2012, Daugaard told state legislators that he opposed the expansion of the state's Medicaid program to provide health benefits to "able-bodied" poor people under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare." "There are far too many unanswered questions for me to recommend adding 48,000 adults to the 116,000 already on our rolls," he stated. According to a study by the Urban Institute and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the expansion of Medicaid would cover an additional 44,000 state residents between 2014 and 2022. Daugaard cited higher projections, saying it would add an additional 48,564.
In January 2013, Daugaard said he supported the state's current gun laws and would not seek to change them. Any plan to improve school safety, including allowing teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools, he said, should be developed by local school officials and law enforcement agencies.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Daugaard was ranked number 13. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Lieutenant Governor (2003-2011)
Daugaard was elected lieutenant governor in 2002 on a ticket with Mike Rounds, and the two were re-elected in 2006. Under the South Dakota Constitution, Lt. Governor Daugaard served as President of the State Senate. In addition, he served as chair of the Worker's Compensation Advisory Council, which reviews and makes recommendations regarding the state's workers' compensation program.
Daugaard also undertook other duties as assigned by the governor. He served as a member of a commission which is considering amendments to the legislative article of South Dakota's Constitution, and was chairman of a state task force studying options reducing the number of South Dakotans without health insurance coverage.
South Dakota State Senate (1997-2003)
Daugaard was a member of the South Dakota State Senate from 1997 to 2003.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Daugaard is a Moderate Populist Conservative. Daugaard received a score of 34 percent on social issues and 55 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Neutral|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Unknown|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Opposes||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Favors||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Favors||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: June 25, 2014.|
Daugaard defeated one opponent to secure the Republican nomination.
|South Dakota Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014|
|Dennis Daugaard Incumbent||80.9%||60,017|
|Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.|
Daugaard won the general election in 2010 with 61.51% of the vote. Results have been certified as of November 9, 2010.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2010|
|Republican||Dennis Daugaard/Matthew Michels||61.5%||195,024|
|Democratic||Scott Heidepriem/Ben Arndt||38.5%||122,010|
|Governor of South Dakota, 2010|
On November 7, 2006, Mike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard won re-election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota. They defeated Jack Billion/Eric Abrahamson, Steven J. Willis/Larry Johnsen and Tom Gerber/Bette Rose Ryan in the general election.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2006|
|Republican||Mike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard Incumbent||61.7%||206,990|
|Democratic||Jack Billion/Eric Abrahamson||36.1%||121,226|
|Constitution||Steven J. Willis/Larry Johnsen||1.2%||4,010|
|Libertarian||Tom Gerber/Bette Rose Ryan||1%||3,282|
|Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State|
On November 5, 2002, Mike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard won election to the office of Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota. They defeated Jim Abbott/Mike Wilson, James P. Carlson/Ron Bosch and Nathan A. Barton/Eric Risty in the general election.
|Governor/Lt. Governor of South Dakota, 2002|
|Republican||Mike Rounds/Dennis Daugaard||56.8%||189,920|
|Democratic||Jim Abbott/Mike Wilson||41.9%||140,263|
|Independent||James P. Carlson/Ron Bosch||0.7%||2,393|
|Libertarian||Nathan A. Barton/Eric Risty||0.6%||1,983|
|Election Results Via: South Dakota Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Daugaard is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Daugaard raised a total of $3,372,605 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Dennis Daugaard's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Dennis Daugaard's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of South Dakota
Lt. Governor of South Dakota
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,471,131 (Democrat)||$19,744|
|Top 5 contributors||Republican Governors Association||$51,457||Rounds for Governor||$10,000|
|Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith||$23,000||South Dakota Republican Party||$7,280|
|Frank Farrar||$8,000||John Ricketts||$1,000|
|Cynthia Jewett||$8,000||Wells Fargo||$1,000|
|5 other individual donors||$8,000 each||Dan Kirby||$1,000|
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Daugaard and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1981 and have three children: Laura, Sara, and Christopher.
- Governor of South Dakota
- Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
- Lieutenant Governor Matthew Michels
- South Dakota Governor creates review of red tape June 26, 2012
- South Dakota pays to fill surplus of jobs August 28, 2012
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- Office of the South Dakota Governor, " About Dennis," accessed June 20, 2013
- New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- Rapid City Journal, "Daugaard says he's leaning toward running in 2014," May 5, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Dennis Daugaard, South Dakota Governor, Rejects Obamacare Medicaid Expansion," December 5, 2012
- The Republic, "South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state's gun control laws are in good shape," January 19, 2013
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, "South Dakota Lt. Governor Dennis Daugaard," accessed October 25, 2013
- South Dakota Governor, About Governor Dennis Daugaard," accessed October 25, 2013
- On The Issues, "Dennis Daugaard Vote Match," accessed June 25, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- South Dakota Secretary of State, "General Election - November 2, 2010," updated November 9, 2001 at 17:10, accessed November 15, 2010
- The New York Times, "Election 2010-South Dakota Primary Results," June 8, 2010
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Dennis Daugaard," accessed May 10, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
|Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
| Succeeded by|
Matthew Michels (R)
Mike Rounds (R)
|Governor of South Dakota
| Succeeded by|
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