|South Dakota State Senate District 17|
|Base salary||$12,000/two-year term|
|Per diem||$110/legislative day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Term limits||Four terms|
|South Dakota House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska, Omaha, 1972|
|J.D.||Marguette University Law School, 1976|
|Service/branch||United States Army/National Guard/Reserves|
|Years of service||1965-1997|
|Place of birth||Viborg, SD|
Nygaard has worked as a lawyer, farmer, and business owner.
In November 2010, Nygaard switched membership from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. In a news release, Nygaard said: "I can represent my district's needs in Pierre more effectively as a member of the Republican Party."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nygaard served on the following committees:
- Commerce and Energy Committee, South Dakota State Senate, Vice Chair
- Judiciary Committee, South Dakota State Senate
- Taxation Committee, South Dakota State Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nygaard served on the following committees while a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives:
Nygaard was eligible to seek re-election to the state house but instead ran for the District 17 state senate seat. He defeated Terri Jorgenson (R) in the November 2 general election.
|South Dakota State Senate, District 17 (2010)|
|Eldon Nygaard (D)||3,396||46.58%|
|Terri Jorgenson (R)||3,895||53.42%|
In 2010, Nygaard received $8,880 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.
|South Dakota State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Eldon Nygaard's campaign in 2010|
|Clay County Democrats||$1,500|
|South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association||$1,000|
|South Dakota Association Of Realtors||$500|
|South Dakota Assoc Of Specialty Care Provi||$350|
|Independent Community Bankers Of South Dakota||$300|
|Total Raised in 2010||$8,880|
In 2008, Nygaard collected $8,797 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Clay County Democrats||$3,000|
|South Dakota Association of Realtors||$550|
|Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield||$350|
|South Dakota State Medical Association||$300|
Nygaard and his wife Sherry have two children.
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- South Dakota House of Representatives - Rep. Eldon Nygaard
- Eldon Nygaard campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006
Ben Nesselhuf (D)
|South Dakota State Senate District 17
| Succeeded by|
Tom Jones (D)
|South Dakota House of Representatives District 17
| Succeeded by|
Tom Jones (D), Jamie Boomgarden (R)