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The 31st and former Governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011.


Mike Rounds Biography



Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds (born October 24, 1954) is an American politician. Rounds has served as the 31st Governor of South Dakota since January 7, 2003 till January 2011 (having been elected on November 5, 2002 and re-elected on November 7, 2006).


Early life

Mike Rounds, the eldest of eleven siblings, was born in Huron, South Dakota and has lived in Pierre, the state capital, since he was three years old. He was named for an uncle, Marion Rounds, who was killed in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. Several members of the Rounds family have been involved in state government. His father, Don Rounds, worked at various times as state director of highway safety, a staffer for Rural Electrification Administration, and executive director of the South Dakota Petroleum Council. Rounds's brother, Tim Rounds, is a member of the South Dakota State Legislature representing District 24, which includes Pierre. Rounds attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he earned his B.S. in political science.


Personal life

While at SDSU, Rounds met his wife, Jean, formerly of Lake Preston, South Dakota. They were married in 1978 and have four children. Rounds is a partner in Fischer Rounds & Associates, an insurance and real estate firm with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Mitchell, and Brandon. He placed his ownership interest into a blind trust upon being elected governor.


Michigan State Senate

Rogers was a member of the Michigan State Senate, 1995–2000, serving as majority floor leader, 1999–2000.Mike Rogers said in an August 2010 in a radio interview that the leak of more than 90,000 classified military documents to an international website constitutes treason by putting the lives of the men and women of the American military at risk, calling for the execution of the perpetrator.


Ethics group named Rounds one of America's worst governors

In its April 2010 report, ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Rounds one of 11 "worst governors" in the United States because of various ethics issues throughout Rounds' term as governor. Some of Rounds' ethics lapses cited by the watchdog include:

  • Resisted efforts to promote government transparency and frustrated public access to information
  • Used his office for personal benefit
  • Abused state authority for the benefit of friends and family





Updated: 3.5.2011


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