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List of United States Senators from South Dakota

South Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, and elects senators to Class 2 and Class 3. Its current senators are Republicans John Thune and Mike Rounds.

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 75px Richard F. Pettigrew Republican November 2, 1889 –
March 4, 1901
51 1 Elected in 1889
52
53
54 2 Re-elected in 1894

Lost re-election
Silver
Republican
54
(Continued)
55
56
2 75px Robert J. Gamble Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1913
57 3 Elected in 1900
58
59
60 4 Re-elected in 1906

Lost renomination
61
62
3 75px Thomas Sterling Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1925
63 5 Elected in 1912
64
65
66 6 Re-elected in 1918

Lost renomination
67
68
4 75px William H. McMaster Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 4, 1931
69 7 Elected in 1924

Lost re-election
70
71
5 75px William J. Bulow Democratic March 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1943
72 8 Elected in 1930
73
74
75 9 Re-elected in 1936

Lost renomination
76
77
6 75px Harlan J. Bushfield Republican January 3, 1943 –
September 27, 1948
78 10 Elected in 1942

Died
79
80
Vacant September 27, 1948 –
October 6, 1948
7 75px Vera C. Bushfield Republican October 6, 1948 –
December 26, 1948
Appointed to finish Bushfield's term

Resigned when successor elected
Vacant December 26, 1948 –
December 31, 1948
8 75px Karl E. Mundt Republican December 31, 1948 –
January 3, 1973
80
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Bushfield's term,
having been elected to the next term
81 11 Elected in 1948
82
83
84 12 Re-elected in 1954
85
86
87 13 Re-elected in 1960
88
89
90 14 Re-elected in 1966

Retired
91
92
9 75px James Abourezk Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
93 15 Elected in 1972

Retired
94
95
10 75px Larry Pressler Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
96 16 Elected in 1978
97
98
99 17 Re-elected in 1984
100
101
102 18 Re-elected in 1990

Lost re-election
103
104
11 75px Tim Johnson Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2015
105 19 Elected in 1996
106
107
108 20 Re-elected in 2002
109
110
111 21 Re-elected in 2008

Retired
112
113
12 75px Mike Rounds Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
114 22 Elected in 2014
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Class 3

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 75px Gideon C. Moody Republican November 2, 1889 –
March 4, 1891
51 1 Elected in 1889

Lost re-election
2 75px James H. Kyle Template:Party shading/Independent | Independent March 4, 1891 –
July 1, 1901
52 2 Elected in 1890
Populist 53
54
55 3 Re-elected in 1896

Died
56
Republican 57
Vacant July 1, 1901 –
July 11, 1901
3 75px Alfred B. Kittredge Republican July 11, 1901 –
March 4, 1909
57
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Kyle's term
58 4 Elected in 1902

Lost renomination
59
60
4 75px Coe I. Crawford Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 4, 1915
61 5 Elected in 1908

Lost renomination
62
63
5 75px Edwin S. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1921
64 6 Elected in 1914

Retired
65
66
6 75px Peter Norbeck Republican March 4, 1921 –
December 20, 1936
67 7 Elected in 1920
68
69
70 8 Re-elected in 1926
71
72
73 9 Re-elected in 1932

Died
74
Vacant December 20, 1936 –
December 29, 1936
7 75px Herbert E. Hitchcock Democratic December 29, 1936 –
November 8, 1938
Appointed to continue Norbeck's term

Lost election to finish Norbeck's term
8 75px Gladys Pyle Republican November 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
74
(Continued)
Elected to finish Norbeck's term

Retired
75
9 75px John Chandler Gurney Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1951
76 10 Elected in 1938
77
78
79 11 Re-elected in 1944

Lost renomination
80
81
10 75px Francis H. Case Republican January 3, 1951 –
June 22, 1962
82 12 Elected in 1950
83
84
85 13 Re-elected in 1956

Died
86
87
Vacant June 22, 1962 –
July 9, 1962
11 75px Joseph H. Bottum Republican July 9, 1962 –
January 3, 1963
87
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Case's term

Lost election to full term
12 75px George S. McGovern Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
88 14 Elected in 1962
89
90
91 15 Re-elected in 1968
92
93
94 16 Re-elected in 1974

Lost re-election
95
96
13 75px James Abdnor Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
97 17 Elected in 1980

Lost re-election
98
99
14 75px Tom Daschle Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 2005
100 18 Elected in 1986
101
102
103 19 Re-elected in 1992
104
105
106 20 Re-elected in 1998

Lost re-election
107
108
15 75px John Thune Republican January 3, 2005 –
Present
109 21 Elected in 2004
110
111
112 22 Re-elected in 2010
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Living former U.S. Senators from South Dakota

As of May 2015, There are four former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of South Dakota who are currently living at this time, three from Class 2 and one from Class 3.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
James Abourezk 1973–1979 2 (1931-02-24) February 24, 1931 (age 84)
Larry Pressler 1979–1997 2 (1942-03-29) March 29, 1942 (age 73)
Tom Daschle 1987–2005 3 (1947-12-09) December 9, 1947 (age 68)
Tim Johnson 1997–2015 2 (1946-12-28) December 28, 1946 (age 69)

See also