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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.)

District: At Large
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2002; U.S. House, 2004-11
Born: Dec. 3, 1970; Aberdeen, S.D.
Residence: Brookings
Religion: Lutheran
Family: Husband, Max Sandlin; one child
Education: Georgetown U., B.A. 1993; Georgetown U., M.A. 1996; Georgetown U., J.D. 1996
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (3rd full term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Conservation, Credit, Energy & Research; General Farm Commodities & Risk Management); Natural Resources (National Parks, Forests & Public Lands); Veterans' Affairs (Economic Opportunity - Chairwoman); Select Energy Independence & Global Warming

Election History
2010generalKristi Noem (R) 153,70348.1
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) 146,58945.9
B. Marking (I) 19,1346.0
2008generalStephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) 256,04167.6
Chris Lien (R) 122,96632.4
2006generalStephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) 230,46869.1
Bruce Whalen (R) 97,86429.3
Larry Rudebusch (LIBERT) 5,2301.6
2004generalStephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) 207,83753.4
Larry Diedrich (R) 178,82345.9
Terry Begay (LIBERT) 2,8080.7
2004specialStephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) 132,42050.6
Larry Diedrich (R) 129,41549.4
2002generalBill Janklow (R) 180,02353.5
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) 153,65645.6
Terry Begay (LIBERT) 3,1280.9
Roll Call Vitals


South Dakota is 37th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.