John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) 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.
|Senate Minority Whip|
|Assumed office |
January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||Dick Durbin|
|Senate Majority Whip|
January 3, 2019 – January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||John Cornyn|
|Succeeded by||Dick Durbin|
|United States Senator|
from South Dakota
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2005
Serving with Mike Rounds
|Preceded by||Tom Daschle|
|Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee|
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Jay Rockefeller|
|Succeeded by||Roger Wicker|
|Chair of the Senate Republican Conference|
January 26, 2012 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Lamar Alexander|
|Succeeded by||John Barrasso|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Dakota's at-large district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Tim Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Bill Janklow|
John Randolph Thune
January 7, 1961
Pierre, South Dakota, U.S.
Kimberley Weems (m. 1984)
|Education||Biola University (BA)|
University of South Dakota (MBA)
Thune was born on January 7, 1961 in Murdo, South Dakota. He is of Norwegian descent. 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. In 2021, he became Senate Minority Whip.
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- 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]
- United States Senator John Thune official U.S. Senate site
- Friends of John Thune official campaign site
- Profile Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine from SourceWatch
- Representative-Elect John Thune (R-SD) profile from CNN, 1996