- Governor of South Dakota
The Governor of South Dakota is the head of the executive branch of the government of South Dakota. The current governor is
M. Michael Rounds, a Republican elected in 2002.
Powers and duties
The governor holds numerous powers and duties, which in many ways are analogous to those held by the
President of the United States:
*The governor serves as a spokesman for the state, promoting business and economic development interests.
*The governor is actively involved in the legislative process; he may introduce legislation, and has the power to
vetobills passed by the legislature (though vetoes may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of each house).
*The governor oversees the executive branch, and appoints the members of his cabinet. The governor also appoints the members of a wide array of state boards and commissions.
*The governor is the
commander-in-chiefof the South Dakota National Guard.
*The governor may grant
pardons to those convicted of criminal offenses under state law.
*The governor fills vacancies that occur in the state legislature, the state judiciary, and other state constitutional offices. The governor also fills vacancies in U.S. Senate seats from South Dakota.
*The governor is the titular head of his
From 1889 until 1974, the governor served a two-year term. Until the 1940's, the governor was allowed to serve unlimited terms; since that time, governors have been limited to two consecutive terms. Beginning in 1974, the governor is elected to a four-year term, and may serve two consecutive terms. The governor is elected on a ticket with the Lieutenant Governor.
The first governor of South Dakota was
Arthur C. Mellette, who was also the last governor of the Dakota Territory.
Two of South Dakota's governors have left office before their term expired. In 1978,
Richard F. Kneipresigned office six months before the expiration of his term to accept an appointment as United States Ambassador to Singapore. On April 19, 1993, George S. Mickelsonwas killed in a plane crash near Dubuque, Iowa; Mickelson is the only South Dakota governor to die in office. Mickelson and his father, George T. Mickelson, are the only father-son duo to serve as governor.
South Dakota's longest serving governor was
Bill Janklow. Janklow is the only person to complete two four-year terms, and he did it twice, serving from 1979 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 2003. Janklow is also the only person to serve non-consecutive terms as governor.
Several governors have gone on to serve in other high offices.
Coe I. Crawford, Peter Norbeck, William H. McMaster, William J. Bulow, and Harlan J. Bushfieldfollowed their tenures as governor by serving in the United States Senate. Bill Janklowserved briefly in the United States House of Representativesfollowing his second stint as governor.
List of Governors of South Dakota
List of Governors of South Dakota
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
South Dakota State Legislature
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota — The Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota is the second ranking member of the executive branch of South Dakota state government, and also serves as presiding officer of the South Dakota State Senate. The lieutenant governor succeeds to the officer… … Wikipedia
Governor of North Dakota — Flag of the Governor … Wikipedia
South Dakota — This article is about the U.S. state of South Dakota. For other uses, see South Dakota (disambiguation). State of South Dakota … Wikipedia
South Dakota Highway Patrol — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is the State Police agency for South Dakota, which has jurisdiction everywhere in the state except for Native American reservations. It was created to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people … Wikipedia
South Dakota State Capitol — The South Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of South Dakota. Housing the South Dakota State Legislature, it is located in the state capital of Pierre at 500 East Capitol Avenue. The building houses the offices… … Wikipedia
South Dakota State Legislature — Infobox Parliament name = South Dakota State Legislature coa pic = SouthDakotastateseal.jpg coa pic = PierreSD Capitol.jpg house type = Bicameral houses = Senate House of Representatives leader1 type = President of the Senate leader1 = Dennis… … Wikipedia
South Dakota Governor's Residence — The South Dakota Governor s Residence is the official residence of the Governor of South Dakota. The first and current resident, Mike Rounds, has lived in the house since its dedication on August 3 2005.Construction began in the Spring of 2004.… … Wikipedia
South Dakota — South Dakotan. a state in the N central United States: a part of the Midwest. 690,178; 77,047 sq. mi. (199,550 sq. km). Cap.: Pierre. Abbr.: SD (for use with zip code), S. Dak. * * * State (pop., 2000: 754,844), north central U.S. It covers… … Universalium
South Dakota Supreme Court — The South Dakota Supreme Court is the highest court in the state of South Dakota. It is composed of a chief justice and four associate justices appointed by governor and selected from five different appointment districts. Justices face a… … Wikipedia
South Dakota State University — Infobox University name = South Dakota State University motto = You can go anywhere from here established = 1881 type = Public president= David Chicoine city = Brookings state = SD country = USA students = 11,995 undergrad = 10,452 postgrad =… … Wikipedia