|South Dakota State Senate District 30|
| Term in office began|
| Term in office ended|
Howie worked as a real estate broker for Gordon Howie Real Estate from 1970 to 2006. He was a rancher/owner of Holy Cow Ranch from 1994 to 2006.
Prior to leaving the South Dakota State Senate, Howie served on the following committees:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, South Dakota Senate
- Taxation Committee, South Dakota Senate
- Transportation Committee, South Dakota Senate
Howie did not run for re-election to the 30th District Seat in 2010. He lost in the Republican primary for governor on June 8, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
Howie raised $13,738 for his campaign while Melmer raised $3,928. 
|South Dakota State Senate, District 30 (2008)|
|Gordon Howie (R)||8,063||64.58%|
|David Melmer (D)||4,422||35.42%|
Howie raised $13,738 during the 2008 election cycle.
His top contributors are listed below.
|South Dakota Association of Realtors||$1,000|
Howie and his wife Connie have six children.
|South Dakota Senate District 30
| Succeeded by|
Bruce Rampelberg (R)