J.E. Putnam

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J.E. Putnam
J.E. Putnam.jpg
South Dakota State Senate District 19
Former member
In office
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsFour terms
Prior offices
South Dakota State House of Representatives
High schoolArmour High School, 1958
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1960-1968
Date of birthApril 18, 1940
Place of birthArmour, SD
Office website
J.E. Putnam (b. April 18, 1940) is a former Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 19 from 2011 to 2013.

Putnam served in the South Dakota State Senate from 1986 to 2002. He then joined the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2003. He served in that position until 2011, representing the 19th District.

Putnam received his diploma from Armour High School in 1958.

Putnam has worked in the following jobs: Promotional Advertising, Personal Services, and Family Farming. He also served in the 817th Air Division, Strategic Air Command in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1968.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Putnam served on the following committees while a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives:



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Putnam ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 19. Putnam and Roger Hofer were defeated by Kyle Schoenfish and District 25 incumbent Stace Nelson in the Republican primary on June 5. Alan Fenner ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. District 19 incumbents Frank Kloucek (D) and Edward Van Gerpen (R) are not running for re-election.[1][2]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 19 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStace Nelson 34% 1,494
Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Schoenfish 29.6% 1,299
J.E. "Jim" Putnam 25.7% 1,129
Roger Hofer 10.7% 469
Total Votes 4,391


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Putnam reached his term limit and thus was ineligible to run for re-election. Instead he ran for the District 19 seat of the South Dakota State Senate.

Putnam defeated Glennis Stern (D) in the November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 19 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png J.E. Putnam (R) 4,692 57.43%
Glennis Stern (D) 3,478 42.57%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Putnam received $10,550 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[3]


In 2008, Putnam collected $950 in donations.[4]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Bill Janklow $500
N W Energy Employee PAC $300
South Dakota Chamber Of Commerce and Industry $100
South Dakota Independent Auto Dealers Association $50

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Kloucek (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
Bill Van Gerpen (R)
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 19
Succeeded by
Frank Kloucek (D), Edward Van Gerpen (R)