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Timothy Rave
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South Dakota State Senate District 25
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 4
Majority Leader, South Dakota State Senate
Majority Whip, South Dakota State Senate
Speaker, South Dakota State House
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
Date of birthJuly 24, 1967
Place of birthDell Rapids, SD
ProfessionOperations Manager, Rural/Metro Ambulance
Office website
Timothy A. Rave (b. July 24, 1967) is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 25. Rave was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Starting on September 8, 2013, Rave served as State Senate Majority Leader.[1]

Rave served in the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 25 from 2003 to 2011. Prior to joining the senate, he served as the State Speaker of the House.


Rave earned an associate's degree from Canby Vocational College in 1987. He went on to receive another associate's degree from Augustana College/McK. Hospital Paramedic Program in 1990.

Rave was a Paramedic Supervisor for Rural/Metro Ambulance in 1991. He is currently Operations Manager. Rave also served as a Precinct Committeeman.

Committee assignments


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

South Dakota Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Legislative Procedure
State Affairs


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Rave served on the following committees while a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Rave won election in the 2012 election for South Dakota State Senate District 25. Rave ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5 and defeated Dan Ahlers (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

South Dakota State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Rave 51.2% 5,629
     Democratic Dan Ahlers 48.8% 5,359
Total Votes 10,988


See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Rave reached his term limit and was ineligible for re-election to the House. He won election to District 25 in the South Dakota State Senate instead.

Rave defeated incumbent Dan Ahlers (D) in November 2 general election.

South Dakota State Senate, District 25 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Timothy Rave (R) 5,128 51.71%
Dan Ahlers (D) 4,788 48.29%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Rave received $27,733 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[3]


In 2008, Rave collected $21,372 in donations.[4]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Hughes County Republican Party $2,322
South Dakota Corn Growers Association $1,500
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations $1,500
South Dakota Association of Specialty Care Providers $1,500
South Dakota Telecommunications Association $700


Rave and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Ahlers (D)
South Dakota State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives District 25
Succeeded by
Stace Nelson (R) Jon Hansen (R)