John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as a U.S. Representative for South Dakota's At-large congressional district.
Born and raised in South Dakota, Thune attended college at Biola University, a small Evangelical Christian school in California before returning to his home state to obtain an MBA at the University of South Dakota. He worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator James Abdnor and served in the Reagan Administration in the Small Business Administration, before winning election to the House of Representatives in 1996. After three terms in the House, he unsuccessfully challenged Democrat Tim Johnson in the U.S. Senate race in 2002, losing by a mere ...
South Dakota Senator John Thune was in the national spotlight Saturday, as he provided the Republican response for President Obama's weekly address.The President is sounding a warning, saying the economy will further suffer if Republicans take control of Congress.While Senator Thune is sounding the same warning...if Democrats maintain control of Congress.
The President isn't playing nice in the final week and a half before Election Day.In his weekly address, President Obama says if Republicans take control of Congress, they will repeal new measures meant to protect consumers from Wall ...
Ben Smith has a good piece on John Thune’s vulnerabilities as a 2012 presidential candidate. Smith’s post raises the central question: Is Thune too “establishment” for the current political environment?
That question is surfacing well before the start of real 2012 policy jockeying thanks to an effort by Senator Jim DeMint to reinvigorate his push for a moratorium on earmarks. DeMint is pushing for a vote on the moratorium next week. Several of his colleagues in the GOP caucus, including some of its leaders, are pushing back. And Senator Jim Inhofe, the ...
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) AP Photo
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Current Position: Senator from South Dakota (Elected 2004)
Previous experience: Congressman from South Dakota ...
Senators Want Answers About White House Tour Suspensions
From NBC WashingtonA
group of 14 Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama
Thursday, asking him to explain a decision to suspend public White House
tours.The White House said tours will be suspended because of the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester.
Thune, Johnson join Noem in seeking return of historic Black Hills cemeteries
From Rapid City JournalSenators
John Thune and Tim Johnson have introduced legislation to return nine
historic cemeteries in the Black Hills to their local communities.Thune
and Johnson introduced the Black Hills Cemetery Act on Tuesday to
transfer ownership for the cemeteries and up to two acres of adjacent
land from the U.S. Forest Service to local caretakers.
John Thune Joins Filibuster As GOP Reinforcements Arrive
looks like we're not going anywhere, folks, as a well-rested John Thune
has tagged in. Rand Paul has just said that his office has been in
contact with the Obama administration and that the White House is "done
talking," which means that if Paul stays true to his word, this
filibuster will go on through the night. Paul said he's willing to end
the filibuster and allow a vote to take place if the administration
provides a definitive answer to the question of whether Obama reserves
the right to authorize the extrajudicial killing of U.S. citizens.
Thune: Administration ‘playing politics’ with Black Hills campground closure
From The Daily RepublicSen.
John Thune is asking if the National Park Service is “playing politics”
by closing Wind Cave National Park’s 64-site Elk Mountain Campground.