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Ried Holien
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South Dakota State Senate District 5
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$12,000/two-year term
Per diem$110/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsFour terms
Bachelor'sAugustana College
Place of birthWatertown, SD
Office website
Ried S. Holien is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 5. Holien was elected to the South Dakota State Senate in 2010.

He works primarily as a writer, appearing in South Dakota Magazine and authoring the book Skeletons on the Prairie. He has also worked as a teacher multiple times since graduating high school.

Holien earned his bachelor's degree from Augustana College. He and his wife Tonya live in Watertown with their four children, Rachel, Tessa, Cate, and Gabriel.[1]

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Energy, Chair
Health and Human Services
Local Government, Vice Chair


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



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Holien won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 5. Holien was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated Jeff Dunn (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

South Dakota State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRied Holien Incumbent 60.5% 5,900
     Democratic Jeff Dunn 39.5% 3,846
Total Votes 9,746


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Holien did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated incumbent Nancy Turbak Berry (D) in the November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 5 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ried Holien (R) 4,642 53.04%
Nancy Turbak Berry (D) 4,110 46.96%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Holien raised a total of $32,569 in campaign funds.[3] His top contributors were:

Donor Amount
Codington County Republican Central Cmte $11,500
Koistinen Campaign Cmte $2,500
South Dakota Senate Republican Campaign Cmte $2,000
Holien, Dennis $1,000
Holien, David & Cynthia $1,000
Holien, Carole Stein $1,000
Kulesa, Greg $1,000


Holien and his wife Tonya have four children.

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Preceded by
Nancy Turbak Berry (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 4
Succeeded by