Tad Perry

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Tad Perry
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South Dakota House District 24
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sCentral Methodist University, Fayette MO
Master'sUniversity of Missouri
ProfessionRetired, Educator
Tad Perry is a former Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 24. Perry was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2010.

His career has been spent in the field of education, where he worked as a university faculty member and administrator. He worked at Ball State University (Indiana) and then became the CEO of the South Dakota Public University System.

Perry earned his B.S. from Central Methodist University and his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

Committee assignments


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



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Perry ran in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 24. Perry was defeated by Jeff Monroe in the Republican primary on June 5. No Democratic candidates filed for election. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bob Gray (R) is retiring due to term limits.[1]

Note: According to election night results, Monroe led by only 36 votes. Perry requested a recount. The recount took place on Monday, June 25, and affirmed Monroe's victory by 35 votes.[2][3] [4]

South Dakota State Senate District 24 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Monroe 50.4% 1,999
Tad Perry 49.6% 1,964
Total Votes 3,963


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Perry and Mark Venner (R) won election in the November 2 general election.[5]

South Dakota State House, District 24 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Venner (R) 5,635 36.90%
Green check mark transparent.png Tad Perry (R) 5,428 35.54%
Jodi R Owen (D) 4,209 27.56%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Perry raised $45,149 in contributions. [6]

He contributed the most to his campaign, $1,294.


Perry and his wife Carolyn have four children and five grandchildren.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ryan Olson (R), Tim Rounds (R)
South Dakota House of Representatives District 24
Succeeded by