Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, a Democrat, represented the at-large House seat from South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2004 to 2011.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Sandlin voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Herseth Sandlin was born on December 3, 1970 and was raised on her family's farm near Houghton (between Hecla and Columbia). Her paternal grandfather, Ralph Herseth, was governor, her paternal grandmother, Lorna Herseth, was Secretary of State and her father, Lars Herseth, served for twenty years in the state legislature and ran for governor in 1986. Herseth Sandlin received her undergraduate, graduate, and law degrees from Georgetown University.

Congressional career

In 2002, Herseth Sandlin ran unsuccessfully for the at-large House seat, losing to Bill Janklow. In early 2004, Janklow resigned after he was convicted of manslaughter, triggering a special election. Herseth Sandlin was selected as the Democratic nominee for this special election and she beat Republican candidate Larry Diedrich with 51 percent in a close-fought election on June 1, 2004. In the November general election, Herseth Sandlin was elected to a full term with 53.4 percent of the vote. Herseth Sandlin was the first woman in state history to win a full term in Congress.

In both elections, Herseth Sandlin campaigned as an "independent voice" and has generally been moderate in the Congress. She supports abortion rights, has been vocal against cuts to veterans programs, has adovacted the use of renewable fuels like ethanol, and supports farm programs. She does, however, oppose her party's leadership, particularly on issues with which there is disagreement between conservative South Dakota and the more liberal Democratic leadership. For example, in the 2004 general election she was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, supported the President's call for a Federal Marriage Amendment, and as a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, she advocates fiscal discipline.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Bruce W. Whalen, and the Libertarian Party nominated Larry Rudebusch to face Herseth Sandlin in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Herseth retained her seat.

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

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DC office
  • 242 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3076 Fax: 202-225-1740
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District offices
  • 10 Sixth Avenue Southwest, Aberdeen, SD 57401-4148
    Ph: 605-626-3440 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1823 West Main Street, Suite 210, Rapid City, SD 57702-2439
    Ph: 605-394-5280 Fax: (none entered)
  • 326 East 8th Street, Suite 108, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    Ph: 605-367-8371 Fax: (none entered)
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