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

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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