Kent Juhnke

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Kent Juhnke
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South Dakota State Senate District 21
Former member
In office
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsFour terms
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Kent Juhnke (b. January 15, 1945) is a former Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate. He was appointed in 2011 to replace Cooper Garnos (R) and represented the 21st district until 2013.[1]

Juhnke served on the Lyman Board of Education from 1988 to 1994. He also served in the South Dakota State House from 1999 to 2005. He again joined the South Dakota House in 2007 and served in that position until his appointment to the Senate. Juhnke was replaced by David Scott.

Juhnke was a Vocational Agriculture Teacher at Riggs High School from 1978 to 1979. He then worked as a Research Mill Operator for Horton Research Center and Feedlot from 1983 to 1986. He also worked on the family farm from 1979 to 1983 and from 1986 to the present.

Juhnke earned his B.S. from South Dakota State University in 1978. Juhnke and his wife, Sandy, have three children.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Juhnke was appointed to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Juhnke served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Juhnke ran for re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 26. Juhnke ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5 and was defeated by Larry J. Lucas (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

South Dakota State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Lucas 53% 4,405
     Republican Kent Juhnke Incumbent 47% 3,909
Total Votes 8,314


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Juhnke ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 21 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Juhnke and James Schaefer advanced past the June 8 Republican primary after garnering more votes than Lee Qualm.[3] Juhnke and Schaefer defeated David Reis (D) and Norm Cihak (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

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


In 2008, Juhnke collected $18,168 in donations.[5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Republican Party $1,594
Kent Juhnke $1,187
Daugaard for South Dakota $1,000
Kent Juhnke Farm $540
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $500

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Preceded by
Cooper Garnos (R)
South Dakota State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Larry J. Lucas (D)
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 21
Succeeded by
David Scott (R)