John Thune

American politician

John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961)[1] is an American politician. Thune is the senior United States Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. He used to be a United States Representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district.

John Thune
Senate Minority Whip
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
LeaderMitch McConnell
Preceded byDick Durbin
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 20, 2021
LeaderMitch McConnell
Preceded byJohn Cornyn
Succeeded byDick Durbin
United States Senator
from South Dakota
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Serving with Mike Rounds
Preceded byTom Daschle
Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byJay Rockefeller
Succeeded byRoger Wicker
Chair of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
January 26, 2012 – January 3, 2019
LeaderMitch McConnell
Preceded byLamar Alexander
Succeeded byJohn Barrasso
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded byTim Johnson
Succeeded byBill Janklow
Personal details
John Randolph Thune

(1961-01-07) January 7, 1961 (age 63)
Pierre, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Kimberley Weems
(m. 1984)
EducationBiola University (BA)
University of South Dakota (MBA)
WebsiteSenate website

Thune was born on January 7, 1961 in Murdo, South Dakota. He is of Norwegian descent.[2] Thune studied at Biola University and at the University of South Dakota. He has been married to Kimberley Weems since 1984. They have two children.

Thune was selected by the Senate Republican Conference to become the Majority Whip for the 116th Congress, replacing Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who was term limited in the position.[3] In 2021, he became Senate Minority Whip.


  1. Brooks, David (2009-11-13). "Meet John Thune". The New York Times.
  2. "John Thune ancestry". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  3. John Wagner; Mike DeBonis (November 14, 2018). "Congressional leadership elections: McConnell and Schumer keep the top spots; Pelosi seeks to shore up votes for speaker". The Washington Post.[permanent dead link]

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