Sen. John Thune is the incumbent Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.
Thune grew up in Murdo, SD. He graduated Biola University for his bachelors degree and University of South Dakota for his MBA.
Thune has served in the Senate since defeating Senate Majority Leader Tim Daschle in 2004.
Before serving in the U.S. Senate, Thune served as a member of U.S. House of Representatives, worked for Sen. Jim Abdnor and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve in the U.S. Small Business Administration.
He’s also worked as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party, State Railroad Director and Executive Director of the South Dakota Municipal League.
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