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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels Republican 70%
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican 55%
SD State Senate 24 Jeffery Rodrick Monroe Republican 75%
SD State Senate 26 Larry Lucas Democratic 90%
SD Council Member At-Large Kermit Staggers 70%
SD Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen Republican 45%
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 80%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation 60%
Kenneth Albers 75%
Jerry Apa 55%
Robert Benson 75%
Eric Bogue 95%
Bernard Michael Broderick, Jr. 45%
Roger Brooks 70%
Don Brosz 68%
Arnold Brown 58%
Jarvis Brown 83%
Richard Brown 60%
Quinten Burg 90%
William Cerny, Jr. 100%
Roland Chicoine 100%
Judy Clark 43%
Kevin Crisp 65%
Steve Cutler 63%
Kay Davis 80%
H. Dennert 100%
Michael Derby 45%
Larry Diedrich 50%
Elmer Diedtrich 80%
Robert Drake 75%
Jay Duenwald 80%
J.P. Duniphan 68%
James Dunn 75%
Rebecca Dunn 100%
Robert Duxbury 100%
William Earley 35%
Scott Eccarius 80%
H. Junior Engbrecht 80%
Barbara Everist 75%
Deb Fischer-Clemens 90%
Carol Fitzgerald 70%
Charles Flowers 100%
Randall Frederick 75%
Arthur Fryslie 100%
Cooper Garnos 60%
Richard Hagen 100%
Richard Hainje 75%
Patrick Haley 90%
Harold Halverson 70%
Arlene Ham-Burr 75%
Gary Hanson 100%
Thomas Hennies 60%
Roger Hunt 55%
James Hutmacher 100%
Mike Jaspers 35%
Kent Juhnke 100%
Douglas Kazmerzak 100%
Ted Klaudt 100%
Marguerite Kleven 100%
Frank Kloucek 100%
Gilbert Koetzle 75%
Claire Konold 45%
Clarence Kooistra 65%
John Koskan 80%
Gerald Lange 100%
James Lawler 100%
Joanne Lockner 100%
Cheryl Madden 60%
Alice Lucille McCoy 60%
Kenneth McNenny 35%
David Munson 75%
Donald Munson 100%
Sam Nachtigal 100%
William Napoli 75%
Mel Olson 100%
Keith Paisley 75%
Mary Patterson 100%
William Peterson 45%
Willard Pummel 70%
J.E. Putnam 70%
John Reedy 100%
Mitchell Richter 60%
Robert Roe 60%
Louis Sebert 35%
Jerry Shoener 75%
Walter Slaughter 50%
Orville Smidt 48%
Burdette Solum 53%
Daniel Sutton 68%
Paul Valandra 100%
Drue Vitter 75%
Ron Volesky 88%
Alfred Waltman 100%
Robert Weber 88%
Kenneth Wetz 78%
Fred Cavanaugh Whiting 75%
Mike Wilson 75%
Richard Wudel 70%
Mark Young 38%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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