Tim Begalka

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Tim Begalka
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South Dakota State Senate District 4
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
Prior offices
South Dakota State House of Representatives
High schoolClear Lake High School 1978
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University, 1982
Date of birthFebruary 19, 1960
Place of birthClear Lake, SD
ProfessionOwner, Sodak Gardens
Office website
Tim Begalka (b. February 19, 1960) is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 4. Begalka was elected to the South Dakota State Senate in 2010.

Begalka worked his way from manager to owner of Sodak Gardens. Politically, he has been active with the Deuel County Republican Party, serving as a delegate, secretary, and chair. He first took office as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives in 2001 and served until 2004.

Begalka earned his B.S. from South Dakota State University. He and his wife Rhonda currently reside in Clear Lake. They have five children, Aaron, Carrie, Austin, Ronald, and Robert.[1]

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Energy
Judiciary, Vice Chair


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



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012 and Game-changers

Begalka won re-election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 4. Begalka defeated Val Rausch (2012 House Speaker) in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated incumbent Steven Street (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

South Dakota State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Begalka Incumbent 61% 6,603
     Democratic Steven Street Incumbent 39% 4,227
Total Votes 10,830
South Dakota State Senate District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bagalka Incumbent 66.8% 1,106
Val Rausch 33.2% 549
Total Votes 1,655


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Begalka defeated Mark Pederson in the June 8 primary. He also defeated Dick Schwandt (D) in the November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 4 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Begalka (R) 5,346 61.00%
Dick Schwandt (D) 3,418 39.00%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Begalka raised a total of $8,293 in campaign funds.[4] His top contributors were:

Donor Amount
SDGO PAC $1,500
Olson for South Dakota Senate $500
Koistinen Campaign Cmte $500
South Dakota Association of Realtors $500


Begalka and his spouse Rhonda have five children.

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Preceded by
James Peterson (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 4
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