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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

2010 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
SD U.S. Senate Sr John Thune Republican A+
SD U.S. House At-Large Kristi Noem Republican A
SD Governor Dennis Daugaard Republican A+
SD State House 1 Dennis Feickert Democratic F
SD State House 2 Lana Greenfield Republican A
SD State House 3 Al Novstrup Republican A
SD State House 5 Roger Solum Republican B-
SD State House 6 Isaac Latterell Republican A
SD State House 7 Spencer Hawley Democratic A-
SD State House 7 Scott Munsterman Republican A
SD State House 9 Steve Hickey Republican A
SD State House 11 Mark Willadsen Republican B+
SD State House 15 Patrick Kirschman Democratic D
SD State House 16 James Bolin Republican A-
SD State House 18 Jean Hunhoff Republican A
SD State House 19 Kyle Schoenfish Republican A
SD State House 22 Peggy Gibson Democratic A
SD State House 23 Justin Cronin Republican A
SD State House 25 Roger Hunt Republican B+
SD State House 27 Kevin Killer Democratic F
SD State House 28A Dean Schrempp Democratic C
SD State House 29 Thomas Brunner Republican A+
SD State House 29 Dean Wink Republican A
SD State House 30 Lance Russell Republican A
SD State House 30 Mike Verchio Republican A
SD State House 31 Fred Romkema Republican C
SD State House 32 Kristin Conzet Republican C
SD State House 32 Brian Gosch Republican A+
SD State House 33 Jacqueline Sly Republican D-
SD State House 34 Dan Dryden Republican F
SD State Senate 1 Jason Frerichs Democratic A
SD State Senate 2 Brock Greenfield Republican A+
SD State Senate 3 David Novstrup Republican B
SD State Senate 5 Ried Holien Republican A
SD State Senate 7 Larry Tidemann Republican C
SD State Senate 9 Deb Peters Republican C
SD State Senate 10 Jenna Haggar Republican A
SD State Senate 13 Phyllis Heineman Republican A
SD State Senate 16 Dan Lederman Republican A+
SD State Senate 18 Bernie Hunhoff Democratic F
SD State Senate 20 Mike Vehle Republican B
SD State Senate 21 Billie Sutton Democratic C+
SD State Senate 22 Jim White Republican A
SD State Senate 23 Corey Brown Republican A
SD State Senate 25 Tim Rave Republican A
SD State Senate 27 James Bradford Democratic F
SD State Senate 28 Betty Olson Republican A+
SD State Senate 30 Bruce Rampelberg Republican A
SD State Senate 33 Phil Jensen Republican A
SD State Senate 34 Craig Tieszen Republican C
SD Attorney General Marty Jackley A
SD Secretary of State Shantel Krebs Republican B+
SD Treasurer Rich Sattgast Republican A
Gene Abdallah A+
Stanford Adelstein C
Daniel Ahlers C
Timothy Begalka A
Jamie Boomgarden A+
Quinten Burg C
Lance Carson C
Norm Cihak A
Joni Cutler D
Bob Deelstra A
H. Dennert C
Elaine Elliott D
Timothy Even A
Mitch Fargen A-
Marc Feinstein F
Arthur Fryslie A
Jason Gant A+
Cooper Garnos A
James Gilkerson A-
Charlotte Gilson A
Bob Gray A-
George Gulson C
Jon Hansen A
Tom Hansen A
Trudi Hatch C-
Jeffrey Haverly A-
Scott Heidepriem C-
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin A
Alan Hoerth C
Charlie Hoffman A
Lora Hubbel A
James Hundstad B-
Ed Iron Cloud III F
Sandy Jerstad C+
Jarrod Johnson A
Mark Johnston A
Terri Jorgenson A
Kent Juhnke A+
Thomas Katus F
Joel Keierleber B-
Mark Kirkeby B-
Frank Kloucek A
Pete Kopp A+
Elizabeth Kraus A
Gerald Lange C
Brian Liss A
Larry Lucas F
David Lust B-
Melissa Magstadt A
Ryan Maher A+
Pam Merchant D
John Meyer A-
Patty Miller A
Nick Moser D
Stace Nelson A
Thomas Nelson C
Benjamin Nesselhuf F
Eldon Nygaard D
Russell Olson A
Jodi Owen A
J.E. Putnam B
Valentine Rausch C
David Reis A
Larry Rhoden A+
David Rose A
Todd Schlekeway A
David Sigdestad A-
Darrell Solberg F
Oran Sorenson F
Manny Steele A+
Glennis Stern A
Steve Street C
Patricia Stricherz F
Ann Tornberg C-
R. Shawn Tornow A-
Nancy Turbak Berry B+
Charles Turbiville B-
Martha Vanderlinde F
Edward Van Gerpen A
Kim Vanneman B
Dennis VanOverschelde F
Ron Volesky B+
Hal Wick A+
Harold Widvey B
John Willman A
Susan Wismer D

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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