Bill Janklow

American politician (1939–2012)

William John Janklow (September 13, 1939 – January 12, 2012) was an American politician. He was a member of the Republican Party. He holds the record for the longest tenure as Governor of South Dakota: sixteen years in office. Janklow has the second longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,851 days.[1]

Bill Janklow
From 2003's Congressional Pictorial Directory
27th and 30th Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 7, 1995 – January 3, 2003
LieutenantCarole Hillard
Preceded byWalter Dale Miller
Succeeded byMike Rounds
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 6, 1987
LieutenantLowell Hansen
Preceded byHarvey Wollman
Succeeded byGeorge S. Mickelson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's At-large district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 20, 2004
Preceded byJohn Thune
Succeeded byStephanie Herseth Sandlin
25th Attorney General of South Dakota
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 1, 1979
GovernorRichard Kneip
Harvey Wollman
Preceded byKermit Sande
Succeeded byMark Meierhenry
Personal details
William John Janklow

(1939-09-13)September 13, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 12, 2012(2012-01-12) (aged 72)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Cause of deathBrain cancer
Resting placeBlack Hills National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Dean Thom
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota (BS, JD)
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1956–1959


  1. Ostermeier, Eric (April 10, 2013). "The Top 50 Longest-Serving Governors of All Time". Smart Politics.