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Patrick Kirschman
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South Dakota House District 15
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University, Brookings, 1978
Date of birth11/03/1954
Place of birthSioux Falls, SD
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Patrick A. Kirschman (b. November 3, 1954) is a Democratic member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 15.

Kirschman earned his BS from South Dakota State University, Brookings in 1978.

Kirschman worked as a Baker for Sara Lee Bakery Group from 1980 to 2006. He currently works for Metz Baking Company as a Baker.

Kirschman joined the South Dakota State House of Representatives in 2009. He has served in that position since, representing the 15th District.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kirschman served on the following committees:

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Energy
Retirement Laws


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kirschman served on the following committees:


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



See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kirschman won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota House of Representatives District 15. Kirschman and Karen L. Soli defeated former District 15 incumbent Mitch Fargen in the Democratic primary on June 5. No Republican candidates filed for election. Kirschman and Soli were unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jenna Haggar (R) won re-election in District 10.[1][2]

South Dakota House of Representatives District 15 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren L. Soli 36.4% 386
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick A. Kirschman Incumbent 34% 361
Mitch Fargen 29.6% 314
Total Votes 1,061


See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patrick Kirschman ran for re-election to one of two seats in District 15 of the South Dakota House of Representatives. Also running were fellow Democratic incumbent Martha Vanderlinde and Jenna Haggar (I).[3] Kirschman and Jenna Haggar (I) won election in the November 2 general election.[4]

South Dakota State House, District 15 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jenna Haggar (I) 2,264 38.50%
Green check mark transparent.png Patrick Kirschman (D) 1,858 31.60%
Martha Vanderlinde (D) 1,758 29.90%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Kirschman received $8,704 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below:[5]

South Dakota House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patrick Kirschman's campaign in 2010
Miles For Senate$1,000
South Dakota Corn Growers Association$500
South Dakota Association Of Realtors$500
Great Plains Laboreres District Council Local 620$500
Electrical Workers Local 426$400
Total Raised in 2010 $8,704


In 2008, Kirschman collected $9,532 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Patrick Kirschman $1,467
Miles for Senate $1,000
Nicholas and Mary Jo Nemec $500
South Dakota Education Association $500
Duane Spader $450

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