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James Schaefer

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James Schaefer
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South Dakota House District 26B
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Office website
James Schaefer is a Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 26B. Schaefer was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2010.

He owns cash grain, cow-calf, and cow-lease ranches. Schaefer attended Northern State College in Aberdeen.[1]

Committee assignments


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:



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 26B, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Schaefer Incumbent 58.9% 2,981
     Democratic Maynard Konechne 41.1% 2,078
Total Votes 5,059


Schaefer and Kent Juhnke (R) won election in the November 2 general election.[3]

South Dakota State House, District 21 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Kent Juhnke (R) 4,222 31.14%
Green check mark transparent.png James Schaefer (R) 3,488 25.72%
David Reis (D) 3,161 23.31%
Norm Cihak (D) 2,689 19.83%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Schaefer raised $21,372 in contributions. [4]

He contributed the most to his campaign, $17,721.

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Preceded by
Thomas Deadrick (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 21
Succeeded by