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::''See also: [[South Dakota State Legislature]], [[South Dakota House of Representatives]], [[South Dakota State Senate]]''
==Current officeholder==
==Current officeholder==
The 32nd and current governor is [[Dennis Daugaard]], a [[Republican]] elected in 2010.<ref>[http://sd.gov/governor/aboutdennis.aspx ''Governor of South Dakota,'' "About Dennis," accessed July 23, 2012]</ref>
The 32nd and current governor is [[Dennis Daugaard]], a [[Republican]] elected in 2010.<ref>[http://sd.gov/governor/aboutdennis.aspx ''Governor of South Dakota,'' "About Dennis," accessed July 23, 2012]</ref>
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==State budget==
==State budget==
===Role in state budget===
::''See also: [[South Dakota state budget]]''
{{South Dakota budget process}}
===Governor's office budget===
The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $ 48,426,683.<ref> [http://bfm.sd.gov/budget/BiB/SD_BIB_FY2013.pdf#page=14&zoom=91,0,792 ''South Dakota Bureau Finance and Management,'' "Budget in Brief FY 2013,"  accessed April 8, 2013] </ref>
The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $ 48,426,683.<ref> [http://bfm.sd.gov/budget/BiB/SD_BIB_FY2013.pdf#page=14&zoom=91,0,792 ''South Dakota Bureau Finance and Management,'' "Budget in Brief FY 2013,"  accessed April 8, 2013] </ref>

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South Dakota Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $48,426,683
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  South Dakota Constitution, Article IV, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Dennis Daugaard
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 8, 2011
Compensation:  $100,972
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other South Dakota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerCommissioner of School and Public LandsNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The Governor of the State of South Dakota is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in South Dakota. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

As of May 2015, South Dakota is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.

See also: South Dakota State Legislature, South Dakota House of Representatives, South Dakota State Senate

Current officeholder

The 32nd and current governor is Dennis Daugaard, a Republican elected in 2010.[1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section I:

The executive power of the state is vested in the Governor.


Current Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
Current Lt. Governors
Lt. Governor Elections
Breaking news

A candidate for the office of the governor must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 21 years old
  • a resident of South Dakota for at least two years as of the election


See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 6.

Any time the Governor dies, resigns, is removed or convicted, the Lieutenant Governor succeeds to office with the full powers and duties of the Governor.

If the Governor is absent or unable to discharge the office, the Lieutenant Governor serves as Governor until the disability is removed or for the residue of the term.

In matters of determining that the Governor is continuously absent or unable to discharge for the office, the Supreme Court of South Dakota shall have "original and exclusive jurisdiction."


The governor serves as a spokesman for the state, oversees the executive branch, appoints the members of his cabinet, is the commander-in-chief of the South Dakota National Guard, and may grant pardons to those convicted of criminal offenses under state law, except in cases of treason and impeachment (§ 3).

He is also actively involved in the legislative process. He may introduce legislation and has the power to veto bills passed by the legislature (§ 4).

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Commissioning all offices of the state (§ 3)
  • Requiring written information from any state officer on any aspect of her office and duties (§ 3)
  • Addressing the General Assembly at the beginning of each regular session and at other times she deems necessary on the state of the state and making recommendations for legislation (§ 3)
  • Convening special sessions of the legislature or of either chamber alone (§ 3)
  • Making changes in the organization of "offices, boards, commissions, agencies and instrumentalities, and in allocation of their functions, powers and duties, as he considers necessary for efficient administration" (§ 8)
  • Acting as supervisor of each principle department in the executive branch and appointing the executive to each department (§ 9)
  • Appointing all offices not otherwise provided for, with the advice and consent of the Senate, and making interim appointments when the Senate is in recess (§ 9)


South Dakota state government organizational chart

South Dakota elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For South Dakota, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

South Dakota governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again.

South Dakota Constitution, Article IV, Section 2

Commencing with the 1974 general election, no person shall be elected to more than two consecutive terms as Governor...

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of South Dakota State Governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of South Dakota Partisanship.PNG

Full History

Click here to view a large-scale image of the South Dakota Governor's office organizational chart, as of April 2013.


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State budget

Role in state budget

See also: South Dakota state budget

The state operates on an annual budget cycle. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[2][3]

  1. Budget instruction guidelines are sent to state agencies in June and July of the year preceding the start of the new fiscal year.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor in September.
  3. Agency hearings are held in September and October.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in December.
  5. The legislature typically adopts a budget in March. A simple majority is required to pass a budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.

South Dakota is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[3]

The governor is legally required to submit a balanced budget proposal. Likewise, the legislature is legally required to pass a balanced budget.[3]

Governor's office budget

The budget for the Governor's Office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $ 48,426,683.[4]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

The governor's salary is legally fixed and may not be raised or decreased effective during the current term.


In 2013, the governor's salary was $100,972.[5]


In 2010, the Governor of South Dakota was paid $115,331 a year, the 33rd highest gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

There have been 32 governors of South Dakota since 1889. Of the 32 officeholders, 26 were Republican, 5 were Democratic, and 1 was People's Party/Fusion Party.[6]


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, South Dakota
Partisan breakdown of the South Dakota governorship from 1992-2013

During every year from 1992-2013 there were Republican governors in office for South Dakota. South Dakota is one of eight states that were run by a Republican governor for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. South Dakota was under Republican trifectas for the final 19 years of the study.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states had divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of South Dakota, the South Dakota State Senate and the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of South Dakota state government(1992-2013).PNG

SQLI and partisanship

The chart below depicts the partisanship of the South Dakota state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. For all but two years of the study, South Dakota had Republican trifectas. For over half the years of the study South Dakota was ranked in the top-10. Its best ranking, finishing 5th, occurred in 2010, and its worst, finishing 14th, occurred in 2000.

Chart displaying the partisanship of the South Dakota government from 1992-2013 and the State Quality of Life Index (SQLI).

Recent news

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Contact information

Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

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