|South Dakota House District 26B|
|2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Base salary||$12,000/two-year term|
|Per diem||$110/legislative day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
He owns cash grain, cow-calf, and cow-lease ranches. Schaefer attended Northern State College in Aberdeen.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Schaefer served on the following committees:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vice Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Schaefer served on the following committees:
|South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
Schaefer won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 26B. Schaefer ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated Maynard J. Konechne (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|South Dakota House of Representatives, District 26B, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||James Schaefer Incumbent||58.9%||2,981|
|South Dakota State House, District 21 (2010)|
|Kent Juhnke (R)||4,222||31.14%|
|James Schaefer (R)||3,488||25.72%|
|David Reis (D)||3,161||23.31%|
|Norm Cihak (D)||2,689||19.83%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Schaefer raised $21,372 in contributions. 
He contributed the most to his campaign, $17,721.
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- House website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
Thomas Deadrick (R)
|South Dakota House of Representatives District 21
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