South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

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South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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South Dakota House of Representatives2012 South Dakota Senate Elections
Elections for the office of South Dakota House of Representatives will be held in South Dakota on November 6, 2012. All 70 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections is March 27, 2011. The primary election day will be June 5, 2012.

See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the South Dakota House of Representatives:

South Dakota House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 17
     Republican Party 50 53
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 70 70


Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state house in South Dakota in past years and the cumulative amount of dollars raised in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 132 $1,675,460
2008 181 $1,474,166
2006 157 $1,269,101
2004 142 $927,656
2002 140 $932,931

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $1,675,460 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Munsterman, Scott $183,417
South Dakota Democratic Party $35,550
South Dakota Association of Realtors $28,000
South Dakota Education Association $26,700
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $18,550
Schaefer, James $17,721
Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota $16,000
Equality South Dakota $15,500
Murray, Matthew $15,045
South Dakota Retailers Association $14,350

Term limits

See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

The South Dakota House of Representatives has been a term-limited house of representatives since South Dakota voters approved Ballot Issue A in 1992, an initiated constitutional amendment. This amendment became part of Section 6 of Article III of the South Dakota Constitution and limits the amount of time that a South Dakota Representative can stay in office to no more than four consecutive 2-year terms.

The South Dakota State Legislature has tried on more than one occasion, each time unsuccessfully, to persuade the state's voters to repeal term limits. The most recent such failed attempt was when Amendment J lost in 2008 by 75-25%.

7 of South Dakota's 70 state representatives, or 10%, will be termed out in 2012. Of them, 2 are Democratic and 5 are Republican.

In addition to the 7 South Dakota state representatives who are leaving office because of term limits, 3 South Dakota state senators are also termed-out.

South Dakota state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2012 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (2):


Republican (5):


List of candidates

District 1

Note: Incumbent David Sigdestad (D) is not running for re-election.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 5 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

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District 2

Note: Incumbent Elaine Elliott (D) is not running for re-election. Incumbent H. Paul Dennert (D) is running for State Senate in District 3.

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District 3

Note: Incumbent David Novstrup (R) is running for State Senate in District 3. Dennis Feickert (D) will run in House District 1.

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District 4

Note: Incumbents Valentine Rausch (R) and Steve Street (D) are not running for re-election due to term limits.

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District 5

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District 6

Note: Incumbents Burt Tulson (R) and Brock Greenfield (R) are running for re-election in District 2.

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District 7

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District 8

Note: Incumbent Mitch Fargen (D) is running for re-election in District 15.

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District 9

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District 10

Note: Incumbents Roger Hunt (R) and Gene Abdallah (R) are not running for re-election. Hunt is not running due to term limits.

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District 11

Note: Incumbent Lora Hubbel (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 12

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  • Manny Steele Incumbent Steele assumed office in 2007.
  • Hal Wick Incumbent Wick assumed office in 2011.

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District 13

Note: Incumbent Brian Liss (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 14

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District 15

Note: Incumbent Jenna Haggar (I) is running for re-election in District 10.

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  • No candidates filed.

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District 16

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District 17

Note: Incumbents Jamie Boomgarden (R) and Tom Jones (D) are not running for re-election. Boomgarden is not running due to term limts.

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District 18

Note: Incumbent Nick Moser (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 19

Note: Incumbents Frank Kloucek (D) and Edward Van Gerpen (R) are not running for re-election.

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District 20

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District 21

Note: Incumbent James Schaefer (R) is running for re-election in District 26B.

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District 22

Note: Incumbent Jim White (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 23

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
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District 24

Note: Incumbent Tad Perry (R) is not running for re-election.

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  • No candidates filed.
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District 25

Note: Incumbent Stace Nelson (R) is running for re-election in District 19.

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District 26A

Note: Incumbent Larry Lucas (D) is not running for re-election.

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  • No candidates filed.

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District 26B

Note: Incumbent Kim Vanneman (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 27

Note: Incumbent Ed Iron Cloud, III (D) is not running for re-election.

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District 28A

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
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  • No candidates filed.

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District 28B

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
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District 29

Note: Incumbent Thomas Brunner (R) is not running for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
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District 30

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
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District 31

Note: Incumbent Charles Turbiville (R) is not running for re-election due to term limits.

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  • No candidates filed.
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District 32

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District 33

Note: Incumbent Phil Jensen (R) is not running for re-election.

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District 34

Democratic Party June 5 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
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District 35

Note: Incumbent Mark Kirkeby (R) is not running for re-election.

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