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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Farmers Union

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
SD U.S. Senate Jr Mike Rounds Republican 65
SD Governor Dennis Daugaard Republican 72.5
SD State House 25 Roger Hunt Republican 80
SD State Senate 24 Jeffery Rodrick Monroe Republican 55
SD Council Member At-Large Kermit Staggers 67.5
SD Public Utilities Commissioner Kristie Fiegen Republican 45
SD Commissioner 3 Paul Symens 95
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 85
Kenneth Albers 75
Jerry Apa 90
Robert Benson 62.5
Bernard Michael Broderick, Jr. 80
Roger Brooks 80
Arnold Brown 75
Jarvis Brown 87.5
Richard Brown 70
William Cerny, Jr. 100
Roland Chicoine 100
Kevin Crisp 100
Steve Cutler 80
Kay Davis 70
H. Dennert 100
Michael Derby 80
Larry Diedrich 90
Robert Drake 75
Jay Duenwald 80
J.P. Duniphan 80
James Dunn 57.5
Rebecca Dunn 100
Robert Duxbury 90
Scott Eccarius 60
Barbara Everist 52.5
Deb Fischer-Clemens 100
Carol Fitzgerald 90
Charles Flowers 100
Randall Frederick 55
Richard Hagen 75
Richard Hainje 65
Patrick Haley 100
Harold Halverson 65
Arlene Ham-Burr 75
James Hutmacher 100
Mike Jaspers 80
Douglas Kazmerzak 100
Marguerite Kleven 85
Frank Kloucek 95
Gilbert Koetzle 82.5
Claire Konold 65
Clarence Kooistra 80
John Koskan 80
Gerald Lange 100
James Lawler 100
Joanne Lockner 85
Larry Lucas 100
Cheryl Madden 62.5
Kenneth McNenny 50
David Munson 75
Donald Munson 90
William Napoli 35
Mel Olson 100
Keith Paisley 75
William Peterson 70
Willard Pummel 80
J.E. Putnam 90
John Reedy 100
Mitchell Richter 80
Robert Roe 85
Jerry Shoener 70
Orville Smidt 90
Paul Valandra 95
Drue Vitter 65
Ron Volesky 100
Alfred Waltman 100
Robert Weber 100
Kenneth Wetz 80
Fred Cavanaugh Whiting 75
Dana Windhorst 70

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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