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John Thune
John Thune.jpg
U.S. Senate, South Dakota
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 9
PredecessorThomas A. Daschle (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, U. S. House of Representatives
Bachelor'sBiola University, 1983
Master'sUniversity of South Dakota, 1984
BirthdayJanuary 7, 1961
Place of birthPierre, SD
Net worth$345,008
Office website
Campaign website
John Thune (b. January 7, 1961) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of South Dakota. Thune was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Thune is a "far-right Republican leader".[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Thune's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1983: Received his B.S. from Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.
  • 1984: Received his M.B.A. from University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S. Dak.
  • 1985-1986: Worked on the staff of United States Senator James Abdnor of South Dakota
  • 1989-1991: Held a position as South Dakota state Republican party executive director
  • 1991-1993: Served as director, South Dakota state railroad division
  • 1993-1996: Served as director, South Dakota state municipal league
  • 1997-2003: Served as a Republican in the U.S. Congress
  • 2005-Present: U.S Senator from South Dakota

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Thune serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Finance
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    • The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight



Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Thune endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Thune voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[6][7][8]

Thune was 1 of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[13]


Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thune is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Thune raised a total of $35,502,100 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[16]

John Thune's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (South Dakota) Won $12,518,942
2004 U.S. Senate (South Dakota) Won $16,247,089
2002 U.S. Senate (South Dakota) Won $5,514,226
2000 US House (South Dakota, At-large district) Won $1,221,843
Grand Total Raised $35,502,100


Thune won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Thune's campaign committee raised a total of $12,518,942 and spent $5,382,436.[17]


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Thune missed 37 of 2,578 roll call votes from January 2005 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[18]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Thune paid his congressional staff a total of $2,484,199 in 2011. He ranks 28th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 38th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, South Dakota ranks 16th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Thune's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $157,017 and $533,000. That averages to $345,008, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 18.44% from 2010.[20]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Thune's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $170,023 and $676,000. That averages to $423,011.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[21]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Thune ranked 21st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[22]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Thune ranked 24th in the conservative rankings.[23]

Political positions

Voting with party


John Thune voted with the Republican Party 93.3% of the time, which ranked 3rd among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Recent news

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Thune and his wife, Kimberley, have two children.

External links


  1. Gov Track "John Thune," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Thune," Accessed November 4, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  10. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Donor history for John Thune" Accessed April 25, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "John Thune 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  18. GovTrack, "Thune," Accessed April 11, 2013
  19. LegiStorm "John Thune"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Thune, (R-South Dakota), 2011"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Thune, (R-SD), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Daschle
U.S. Senate - South Dakota
Succeeded by