South Dakota

South Dakota is one of 11 states in CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference. Our snapshot of  South Dakota includes information on the state’s three branches of government: key leaders in the executive branch, a partisan breakdown of the legislature, term limits, an overview of the judicial branch, and more.

Jon Davis serves as CSG Midwest liaison for South Dakota. Please contact Jon with any questions you have or research assistance you need.

Snapshot

Executive Branch
GovernorKristi Noem
Lieutenant GovernorLarry Rhoden
Secretary of StateSteve Barnett
Attorney GeneralJason Ravnsborg
TreasurerJosh Haede
AuditorRichard Sattgast
Legislative Branch
SenateHouse
Seats: 35Seats: 70
Democrat: 3Democrat: 8
Republican: 32Republican: 62
Average Constituency Size: 23,262Average Constituency Size: 23,262
Length of Term: Two yearsLength of Term: Two years
Term Limit: Four consecutive two-years termsTerm Limit: Four consecutive two-years terms
Judicial Branch
Highest CourtSouth Dakota Supreme Court
Chief JusticeSteven Jensen
Number of Justices5
Method of SelectionGubernatorial appointment from nominating commission
Method of RetentionRetention election