Republican politician who served as the 31st Governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011, and was a Senate candidate in 2014.
He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he earned a B.S. in political science.
He represented South Dakota's 24th district in the State Senate from 1991 to 2001.
He has four children with his wife Jean, who he married in 1978.
He is a prominent South Dakotan in politics much like John Thune.