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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels Republican 80%
SD State House 2 Brock Greenfield Republican 45%
SD State House 4 Jim Peterson Democratic 100%
SD State House 12 Hal Wick Republican 60%
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic 100%
SD State House 24 Tim Rounds Republican 65%
SD State Senate 3 Al Novstrup Republican 70%
SD State Senate 4 Timothy Begalka Republican 65%
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican 70%
SD State Senate 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican 85%
SD State Senate 19 Bill Van Gerpen Republican 85%
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican 70%
SD State Senate 27 James Bradford Democratic 78%
SD State Senate 29 Larry Rhoden Republican 75%
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens 85%
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation 48%
SD Commissioner At-Large Dick Kelly No Party Affiliation 30%
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 70%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 80%
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation 50%
Gene Abdallah 50%
Stanford Adelstein 75%
Kenneth Albers 55%
Jerry Apa 38%
Eric Bogue 55%
Arnold Brown 70%
Michael Buckingham 65%
Quinten Burg 80%
Daryl Christensen 70%
Rebekah Cradduck 70%
Joni Cutler 80%
Justin Davis 75%
Thomas Deadrick 60%
Patricia de Hueck 45%
Thomas Dempster 55%
H. Dennert 80%
Larry Diedrich 60%
Jay Duenwald 80%
J.P. Duniphan 45%
Robert Duxbury 75%
Joel Dykstra 60%
William Earley 35%
Richard Engels 95%
Larry Frost 70%
Arthur Fryslie 60%
Cooper Garnos 75%
David Gassman 100%
Margaret Gillespie 95%
Mary Glenski 95%
Tom Hackl 75%
Arlene Ham-Burr 75%
Gary Hanson 80%
Dale Hargens 88%
Jeffrey Haverly 70%
Thomas Hennies 65%
James Hundstad 98%
Mike Jaspers 35%
Kent Juhnke 55%
Ted Klaudt 85%
Marguerite Kleven 90%
Frank Kloucek 80%
David Knudson 55%
Gilbert Koetzle 90%
Al Koistinen 55%
Claire Konold 60%
Clarence Kooistra 75%
John Koskan 70%
Elizabeth Kraus 65%
Michael Kroger 90%
Gerald Lange 95%
Michael LaPointe 65%
Maurice LaRue 73%
Christopher Madsen 70%
Matt McCaulley 85%
Alice Lucille McCoy 70%
Royal McCracken 60%
Ed McLaughlin 65%
Kathleen Miles 95%
Casey Murschel 70%
Sam Nachtigal 95%
William Napoli 70%
Benjamin Nesselhuf 95%
Sean O'Brien 70%
Edwin Olson, Jr. 58%
Mel Olson 95%
Ryan Olson 70%
Gordon Pederson 55%
William Peterson 65%
J.E. Putnam 80%
John Reedy 80%
Donna Schafer 85%
Lee Anton Schoenbeck 50%
Louis Sebert 60%
David Sigdestad 95%
Orville Smidt 55%
Burdette Solum 70%
Daniel Sutton 83%
John Teupel 58%
William Thompson 95%
Paul Valandra 98%
Donald Van Etten 65%
Thomas Van Norman 75%
Drue Vitter 55%
Keri Weems 65%
Ron Williamson 65%

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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