|Name||Michael "Mike" Rounds|
Pierre, South Dakota , United States
|| October 24, 1954
Jan 16, 2017 04:44pm
Caucasian - Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Married - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||Michael Rounds was sworn in as South Dakota’s 31st governor on January 7, 2003. Mike Rounds is committed to working with South Dakotans to make the state a better place to live, work, and raise a family. He believes South Dakota's children are its most valuable resource and that every child in the state should receive a quality education. |
Governor Rounds is encouraging South Dakotans to make healthy choices that lead to longer, healthier lives, and he has initiated an effort in state government to help state employees make healthy choices. He is encouraging every South Dakotan to follow this lead.
From 1990 to 2000, Republican Mike Rounds was elected to serve South Dakota for five terms in the state Senate and to represent District 24, including Pierre and the surrounding areas. In 1994, he was chosen by his peers to serve as Senate Majority Leader, a post he held for six years.
Mike, the oldest of 11 children, was born in Huron, S.D., and is a lifelong resident of Pierre. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in political science from South Dakota State University in Brookings and met his wife, Jean, of Lake Preston, while attending the university. The two were married in 1978 and have four children – Christopher and his wife, Lindsay, Brian, Carrie, and John.
Governor Rounds is part owner of Fischer, Rounds & Associates Inc., an insurance and real estate agency with offices in Pierre, Mitchell, Rapid City and Brandon. He has previously served as board president of the Oahe YMCA, vice president of the Home and School Association of St. Joseph School, president of the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Exchange Club and exalted ruler of the Pierre Elks Lodge. He is also a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Pierre, the Knights of Columbus, and Ducks Unlimited.
The governor is a licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He enjoys playing racquetball with his buddies and hunting in his spare time with his sons and his lab, Brandy. In the summer, you’ll often find him and his family boating and camping on the Missouri River.
2006 Campaign website below