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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: South Dakota Gun Owners of America

2002 Positions

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
SD State House 2 Brock Greenfield Republican 100%
SD State House 4 Jim Peterson Democratic 67%
SD State House 12 Hal Wick Republican 100%
SD State House 21 Julie Bartling Democratic 100%
SD State Senate 4 Timothy Begalka Republican 100%
SD State Senate 19 Bill Van Gerpen Republican 87%
SD State Senate 24 Jeffery Rodrick Monroe Republican 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Burt Elliott No Party Affiliation 92%
SD Commissioner At-Large James Lintz No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Garry Allen Moore No Party Affiliation 100%
SD Commissioner At-Large Duane Sutton No Party Affiliation 73%
Gene Abdallah 100%
Eric Bogue 100%
Jarvis Brown 87%
H. Dennert 73%
Jay Duenwald 100%
Larry Frost 100%
Arthur Fryslie 100%
Cooper Garnos 92%
Gary Hanson 73%
Dale Hargens 100%
Donald Hennies 100%
James Hutmacher 100%
Mike Jaspers 100%
Kent Juhnke 100%
Ted Klaudt 93%
Marguerite Kleven 92%
Clarence Kooistra 73%
John Koskan 100%
Matt McCaulley 100%
Alice Lucille McCoy 73%
Edwin Olson, Jr. 86%
Mel Olson 47%
Gordon Pederson 71%
William Peterson 93%
J.E. Putnam 100%
John Reedy 54%
Louis Sebert 100%
David Sigdestad 100%
Orville Smidt 100%
Daniel Sutton 82%
Donald Van Etten 92%
Ron Volesky 100%

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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