Larry Rhoden

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Larry Rhoden
South Dakota Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden (cropped).jpg
39th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota
Assumed office
January 5, 2019
GovernorKristi Noem
Preceded byMatt Michels
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 10, 2017 – January 8, 2019
Preceded byDean Wink
Succeeded byKirk Chaffee
In office
January 9, 2001 – January 13, 2009
Preceded byKenneth McNenny
Succeeded byDean Wink
Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 13, 2009 – January 13, 2015
Preceded byKenneth McNenny[1]
Succeeded byGary Cammack[2]
Personal details
Born (1959-02-05) February 5, 1959 (age 61)
Sturgis, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationSunshine Bible Academy
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1978–1985
UnitSouth Dakota National Guard

Larry Rhoden (born February 5, 1959) is the 39th lieutenant governor of South Dakota, since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he is a former state representative and former state senator from South Dakota.

Personal life and education[edit]

Rhoden lives in Union Center, South Dakota. He is married to Sandy, and has four children.[3] Rhoden graduated from Sunshine Bible Academy in 1977, and is a rancher.[4] He previously served in the South Dakota National Guard from 1978 to 1985.[2]


Rhoden served in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008, spending four years as majority leader. After being term-limited, Rhoden was elected to the state senate. In 2010, Rhoden ran for senate majority leader, but lost to Russell Olson.[5]

Rhoden served on the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee and the State Affairs committee.[6] He has backed bills to arm volunteers in schools, and sponsored a legislative finding saying that the "Founding Fathers freely and willingly abjured all legislative and executive authority to regulate gun ownership and usage… to individual citizens."[5]

2014 Senate candidacy[edit]

Rhoden ran for a United States Senate seat in 2014, calling himself a "conservative voice for limited government." Rhoden spoke out against abortion, same-sex marriage, "career politicians," "activist judges," and immigration "amnesty."[7] Rhoden signed a pledge to never raise taxes, and supports de-funding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[8] Rhoden spoke at a conference organized by the conservative organization RedState, criticizing fellow candidate Mike Rounds's position on taxes.[9]

2018 Gubernatorial election[edit]

Kristi Noem announced on June 20, 2018, that Rhoden would be her running mate as Lieutenant Governor. Noem had previously referred to the role of a prospective Lieutenant Governor, stating that "I would do it a little differently maybe than Daugaard and Michels have done it." She further stated that "I don’t see the lieutenant governor filling as big a role as Michels did. I'm just a believer that there are certain decisions the governor has to make, and so maybe it would be more of a traditional role than what we saw in the last administration."[10]


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  3. ^ "Senator Larry R. Rhoden". VoteSmart. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Hayworth, Bret (July 10, 2013). "Politically Speaking: Rhoden enters S.D. Senate race, setting GOP primary with Mike Rounds". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Montgomery, David (July 9, 2013). "Who is Larry Rhoden?". Argus Leader. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Senator Larry Rhoden". South Dakota Legislature. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Montgomery, David (July 10, 2013). "Rhoden strikes conservative tone in campaign kickoff". Argus Leader. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. ^ Montgomery, David (July 30, 2013). "Senate hopeful Larry Rhoden says his hard line aligns with right". Argus Leader. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ Montgomery, David (August 2, 2013). "Rhoden: Stand by your position". Argus Leader. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  10. ^ Woster, Kevin. "Next up for Noem: picking a running mate, planning a general-election race, holding a rummage sale". South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matt Michels
Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota