Fred Romkema

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Fred Romkema
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South Dakota House District 31
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Mayor, Spearfish
1979 - 1996
Office website
Fred W. Romkema is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 31.

Romkema served as Mayor/Spearfish City Council from 1979 to 1996. He then joined the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2009. He has served in that position since, representing the 31st District.

Romkema has worked in the following positions: Owner/Operator of a vending machine business, Employee for KEZV Radio Station, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Northern Hills Training Center, Co-Founder of Mountain Plains Bank (Presently First Western Bank), and Co-Owner of Mountain Goat Sports.

Romkema earned his BA and MA in Speech and Hearing Pathology from the University of South Dakota. Romkema and his wife, Priscilla, have three children.

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations, Chair
Joint Appropriations, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Romkema served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Romkema served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Romkema won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 31. Romkema and incumbent Timothy R. Johns defeated Gary L. Coe and John E. Teupel in the Republican primary on June 5. No Democratic candidates filed. Romkema and Johns ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Charles Turbiville (R) did not run for re-election due to term limits.[1][2]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred W. Romkema Incumbent 31.4% 1,467
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy R. Johns 25.1% 1,169
John E. Teupel 23.1% 1,077
Gary L Coe 20.4% 952
Total Votes 4,665


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Romkema ran for re-election to District 31 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Romkema and Charles Turbiville (incumbent) both ran unopposed in the June 8 Republican primary. [3] Romkema and Turbiville defeated Kevin O'Dea (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

South Dakota State House, District 31 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Romkema (R) 6,335 40.01%
Green check mark transparent.png Charles M. Turbiville (R) 5,479 34.60%
Kevin W. O'Dea (D) 4,019 25.38%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Romkema received $11,805 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[5]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Romkema's campaign in 2010
South Dakota Association Of Healthcare Organizations$1,000
Northern Hills Tourism PAC$500
South Dakota Association Of Realtors$500
South Dakota Beer Wholesalers Association$400
South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association$350
Total Raised in 2010 $11,805


In 2008, Romkema collected $16,322 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Lawrence County Republican Party $2,467
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $1,500
Ryan Wordeman $1,000
Richard Robbins $1,000
Fred Romkema $505

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