|South Dakota State Senate District 7|
| Term in office began|
| Term in office ended|
Merchant is a graphics/web designer.
Merchant earned her AA in Graphic Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in 1988.
Prior to leaving the South Dakota State Senate, Merchant served on the following committees:
- Commerce Committee, South Dakota Senate
- Health and Human Services Committee, South Dakota Senate
- Taxation Committee, South Dakota Senate
Merchant ran for re-election to the 7th District Seat in 2010. She ran for the seat on the Democratic ticket and was defeated by Republican Larry Tidemann. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
Merchant raised $13,790 for her campaign while Smidt raised $29,655. 
|South Dakota State Senate, District 7 (2008)|
|Pam Merchant (D)||4,940||51.16%|
|Orville B. Smidt (R)||4,716||48.84%|
Merchant raised $13,790 during the 2008 election cycle.
Her top contributors are listed below.
|South Dakota Education Association||$1,000|
|Dennis and Dorothy Merchant||$1,000|
|Brookings County Democrats||$1,000|
|Jill La Plant Endres||$1,000|
Merchant and her husband Daniel have three children.
|South Dakota Senate District 7
| Succeeded by|
Larry Tidemann (R)