John Thune Fast Facts

John Thune

Here's a look at the life of John Thune, Republican Senator from South Dakota.

Birth date:
January 7, 1961
Birth place: Pierre, South Dakota
    Birth name: John Randolph Thune
      Father: Harold Thune, school teacher
      Mother: Yvonne 'Pat' (Bodine) Thune, librarian
      Marriage: Kimberley (Weems) Thune (1984-present)
      Children: Larissa, January 1990; Brittany, April 1987
      Education: Biola University, B.S. in Business Administration, 1983; University of South Dakota, M.B.A., 1984
      Religion: Protestant
      1985-1987 -
      Legislative Assistant for US Senator James Abdnor (R-South Dakota).
      1987-1989 - Special Assistant for the US Small Business Administration.
      1989-1991 - Returns to South Dakota and serves as Executive Director for the South Dakota Republican Party.
      1991-1993 - Appointed South Dakota state railroad director by Governor George S. Mickelson (R-South Dakota).
      1993-1996 - Becomes Executive Director of South Dakota Municipal League.
      1996 - Elected to US House of Representatives.
      1997-2003 - Serves three terms in US House of Representatives for South Dakota.
      2002 - Runs for Senate against incumbent Democrat Tim Johnson but loses narrowly.
      2003-2004 - Works as lobbyist and consultant in Washington, D.C.
      January 2004 - Announces he will challenge Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota) in the upcoming Senate race.
      November 2004 - Wins Senate seat for South Dakota, defeating Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota).
      January 5, 2005 - Starts his term as US Senator for South Dakota
      June 2009-January 2012 - Senate Republican Policy Committee chairman.
      November 2010 - Runs unopposed and wins re-election to the Senate.
      February 22, 2011 - Announces that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2012.
      December 13, 2011 - Elected Senate Republican Conference chairman and assumes the position on January 26, 2012.
      January 1, 2013 - Votes in favor of the bill to avert the fiscal cliff.
      November 13, 2014 - Re-elected chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
      November 8, 2016 - Wins re-election to the US Senate.