John (John) Thune (R)
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Senator
Room 511 DSOB- Dirksen Senate Office Building 100 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-4105

Residence: Sioux Falls, SD
Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Kimberley Joe Weems   DOB: 1/7/1961
Committee Assignments
RM MemberSenate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
Co-ChairBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
Co-ChairCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberSenate Anti-Terrorism Caucus
FC MemberSenate Anti-Methamphetamine Caucus
ChairmanSenate Task Force on Responsible Fatherhood
Vice ChairSenate Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovations
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime Freight, and Ports
FC MemberSenate Medical Technology Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Integrative Health and Wellness Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Impact Aid Coalition
Co-ChairAd Hoc Steering Committee on Telemedicine and Healthcare Informatics
MemberSenate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
MemberSenate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
FC MemberSenate Biofuels Caucus
FC MemberMissouri River Working Group
Co-ChairRoosevelt Conservation Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cancer Coalition
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
FC MemberBorder Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources
FC MemberSenate Cybersecurity Caucus
FC MemberSenate Marine Corps Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Education Caucus
FC MemberSenate ALS Caucus
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Antisemitism
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberSenate Western Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus

Bio

John Thune grew up in Murdo, South Dakota. His interest in politics was sparked at a young age after making five of six free throws during a freshman high school basketball game. He was later greeted by a spectator who said, "I noticed you missed one." That spectator happened to be a well-known sports enthusiast and then-South Dakota U.S. Rep. Jim Abdnor. The introduction was the start of a friendship that ignited John's career in public service.

John received his undergraduate degree at Biola University and his master's degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota. Upon completion of his master's degree in 1984, he married Kimberley Weems, a native of Doland, South Dakota.

John's attraction to public service took him to Washington, D.C., to work for that sports enthusiast and then-U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor. He then served at the Small Business Administration under an appointment from President Ronald Reagan.

In 1989, John and his family returned to South Dakota, where he served as the executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party. In 1991, then-Gov. George S. Mickelson appointed him to be state railroad director, a position he held until 1993, when he became executive director of the South Dakota Municipal League.

In 1996, with a shoestring budget and the support of family and friends, John won his first term as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. John was re-elected to a second term by the largest margin in South Dakota history. He returned again to Washington in 2001 to serve his third term in the House.

John then honored his 1996 campaign pledge to serve only three terms in the House. After a narrow loss in a U.S. Senate race in 2002, he won his current Senate seat in 2004, when he made history by defeating a sitting Senate party leader for the first time in 52 years.

In 2010, John was elected to serve a second term in the Senate in a rare unopposed race. He was only the third Republican and the only South Dakotan to run unopposed for the Senate since direct elections were created in 1913. John was elected to a third term in 2016.

For the 117th Congress, John serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Finance Committee. He serves as ranking member of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband and ranking member of the Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight. He also serves as the Senate Republican whip, the number two position in Senate Republican leadership, and has previously served as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee from 2009-2011 and chairman of the Senate Republican Conference from 2012-2018.

John and his wife Kimberley live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and they have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, pheasant hunting, and running.