|U.S. Senate, South Dakota|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||9|
|Predecessor||Thomas A. Daschle (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2004|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Representative, U. S. House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Biola University, 1983|
|Master's||University of South Dakota, 1984|
|Birthday||January 7, 1961|
|Place of birth||Pierre, SD|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Thune is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Thune's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
Thune serves on the following Senate committees:
- 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
- The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- The Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
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.
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.
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."
|U.S. Senate, South Dakota General Election, 2010|
|Republican||John Thune Incumbent||100%||227,947|
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.
|John Thune's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||U.S. Senate (South Dakota)||$12,518,942|
|2004||U.S. Senate (South Dakota)||$16,247,089|
|2002||U.S. Senate (South Dakota)||$5,514,226|
|2000||US House (South Dakota, At-large district)||$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.
|U.S. Senate, South Dakota General Election, 2010 - John Thune Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to John Thune's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$31,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$354,874|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term John + Thune + South Dakota + Senate
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Thune and his wife, Kimberley, have two children.
- Social media:
- Political profiles:
- Financial (federal level):
- Interest group ratings:
- Issue positions:
- Public statements:
- Voting record:
- Works by or about:
- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Thune," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- 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
- Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Donor history for John Thune" Accessed April 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "John Thune 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Gov Track "John Thune," Accessed July 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Thune," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm "John Thune"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Thune, (R-South Dakota), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Thune, (R-SD), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
|U.S. Senate - South Dakota
| Succeeded by|
State of South Dakota
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Secretary of Education | Director of Insurance | Secretary of Agriculture | Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources | Secretary of Labor | Chairman of Public Utilities |