Tom Dempster

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Tom Dempster
South Dakota State Senate District 9
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Republican
Profession Financial Advisor
Tom Dempster was a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate from 2003 to 2010, representing the 9th district. In 2010, Dempster was ineligible to run under South Dakota's term limits.

Prior to leaving the senate, Dempster served as Assistant Majority Leader.

Dempster works as a financial advisor. Dempster earned his BA in Economics from the University of South Dakota. Dempster was a member and president of the South Dakota County Commissioners from 1989 to 1998.

Committee assignments

Prior to leaving the South Dakota State Senate, Dempster served on the following committees:



See also: South Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Dempster is not eligible to run for re-election to the 9th District Seat in 2010 due to South Dakota's term limits. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On Nov. 4, 2008, Dempster won re-election to the 9th District Seat in the South Dakota State Senate, defeating opponent Paul Nielson (D). [1]

Dempster raised $55,487 for his campaign while Nielson raised $0. [2]

South Dakota State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Dempster (I) 5,109 52.30%
Paul Nielson (D) 4,660 47.70%

Campaign donors


Dempster raised $55,487 during the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[3]

Donor Amount
South Dakota Republican Party $5,656
All South Dakota PAC $3,000
South Dakota Growers Association $1,500
South Dakota Association of Specialty Care Providers $1,250
Ron Moquist $1,000
Jeff Erickson $1,000
David Bockorny $1,000
A Better South Dakota PAC $1,000
South Dakota Beer Wholesalers Association $1,000


Dempster and his wife Patti have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Daugaard
South Dakota Senate District 9
Succeeded by
Deb Peters (R)