List of governors of South Dakota

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The Governor of South Dakota is the chief executive of the U.S. state of South Dakota. The current Governor is Republican Kristi Noem, serving since 2019.

Governors of South Dakota[change | change source]

Political party

  Republican (27)   Populist (1)   Democratic (5)

# Governor
(birth and death)
Took office Left office Party City elected from Lieutenant Governor Notes
1 Governor Arthur C Mellette.jpg   Arthur C. Mellette
(1842–1896)
March 22, 1889 January 3, 1893 Republican Watertown   James H. Fletcher
George H. Hoffman
[1]
2 Charles H. Sheldon.jpg   Charles H. Sheldon
(1840–1898)
January 3, 1893 January 1, 1897 Republican Pierpont   Charles N. Herreid
3 Andrew E. Lee.jpg   Andrew E. Lee
(1847–1934)
January 1, 1897 January 8, 1901 Populist Vermillion   Daniel T. Hindman
John T. Kean
4 Charles N. Herreid.jpg   Charles N. Herreid
(1857–1928)
January 8, 1901 January 3, 1905 Republican Eureka   George W. Snow
5 Samuel H. Elrod 001.jpg   Samuel H. Elrod
(1856–1935)
January 3, 1905 January 8, 1907 Republican Clark   John E. McDougall
6 Crawfordcoe.jpg   Coe I. Crawford
(1858–1944)
January 8, 1907 January 5, 1909 Republican Huron   Howard C. Shober
7 RobertSVessey.jpg   Robert S. Vessey
(1858–1929)
January 5, 1909 January 7, 1913 Republican Wessington Springs   Howard C. Shober
Frank M. Byrne
8 FrankMByrne.jpg   Frank M. Byrne
(1858–1927)
January 7, 1913 January 2, 1917 Republican Faulkton   Edward Lincoln Abel
Peter Norbeck
[2]
9 PeterNorbeck R-SD.jpg   Peter Norbeck
(1870–1936)
January 2, 1917 January 4, 1921 Republican Redfield   William H. McMaster
10 WHMcMaster.jpg   William H. McMaster
(1877–1968)
January 4, 1921 January 6, 1925 Republican Yankton   Carl Gunderson
11 Gundersoncarl.jpg   Carl Gunderson
(1864–1933)
January 6, 1925 January 4, 1927 Republican Mitchell   Alva Clark Forney
12 William John Bulow.jpg   William J. Bulow
(1869–1960)
January 4, 1927 January 6, 1931 Democratic Beresford   Hyatt E. Covey (Republican)
Clarence E. Coyne (Republican)
John T. Grigsby (Democratic)
13 Warren Green.jpg   Warren Green
(1869–1945)
January 6, 1931 January 3, 1933 Republican Hazel   Odell K. Whitney
14 Tom Berry.jpg   Tom Berry
(1879–1951)
January 3, 1933 January 5, 1937 Democratic Belvidere   Hans Ustrud
Robert Peterson
15 Leslie Jensen.jpg   Leslie Jensen
(1892–1964)
January 5, 1937 January 3, 1939 Republican Hot Springs   Donald McMurchie
16 BushfieldH.jpg   Harlan J. Bushfield
(1882–1948)
January 3, 1939 January 5, 1943 Republican Miller   Donald McMurchie
A. C. Miller
17 Merrell Q. Sharpe.jpg   Merrell Q. Sharpe
(1888–1962)
January 5, 1943 January 7, 1947 Republican Kennebec   A. C. Miller
Sioux K. Grigsby
18 George T. Mickelson.jpg   George T. Mickelson
(1903–1965)
January 7, 1947 January 2, 1951 Republican Selby   Sioux K. Grigsby
Rex A. Terry
19 Sigurd Anderson.jpg   Sigurd Anderson
(1904–1990)
January 2, 1951 January 4, 1955 Republican Webster   Rex A. Terry
20 Joe Foss official portrait as Governor.jpg   Joe Foss
(1915–2003)
January 4, 1955 January 6, 1959 Republican Sioux Falls   L. Roy Houck
21 Ralph Herseth.jpg   Ralph Herseth
(1909–1969)
January 6, 1959 January 3, 1961 Democratic Houghton   John F. Lindley
22 Archie M. Gubbrud 1962.jpg   Archie M. Gubbrud
(1910–1987)
January 3, 1961 January 5, 1965 Republican Alcester   Joseph H. Bottum
Nils Boe
23 Nils Boe.jpg   Nils Boe
(1913–1992)
January 5, 1965 January 7, 1969 Republican Sioux Falls   Lem Overpeck
24 Frank Farrar.png   Frank Farrar
(b. 1929)
January 7, 1969 January 5, 1971 Republican Britton   James Abdnor
25 Dick Kneip.jpg   Dick Kneip
(1933–1987)
January 5, 1971 July 24, 1978 Democratic Salem   William Dougherty
Harvey L. Wollman
[3]
26 Harvey Wollman.png   Harvey L. Wollman
(b. 1935)
July 24, 1978 January 1, 1979 Democratic Hitchcock Vacant
27 William Janklow (South Dakota Governor).jpg   Bill Janklow
(1939–2012)
January 1, 1979 January 6, 1987 Republican Flandreau   Lowell C. Hansen II
28 George S. Mickelson.jpeg   George S. Mickelson
(1941–1993)
January 6, 1987 April 19, 1993 Republican Brookings   Walter Dale Miller [4]
29 Walter Miller.png   Walter Dale Miller
(1925–2015)
April 19, 1993 January 7, 1995 Republican New Underwood   Steve T. Kirby
30 William Janklow (South Dakota Governor).jpg   Bill Janklow
(1939–2012)
January 7, 1995 January 7, 2003 Republican Brandon   Carole Hillard
31 Mike Rounds official photo.JPG   Mike Rounds
(b. 1954)
January 7, 2003 January 8, 2011 Republican Pierre   Dennis Daugaard
32 Dennis Daugaard crop.jpg   Dennis Daugaard
(b. 1953)
January 8, 2011 January 5, 2019 Republican Garretson   Matt Michels
33 Kristi L. Noem 113th Congress.jpg   Kristi Noem
(b. 1971)
January 5, 2019 Incumbent Republican Castlewood   Larry Rhoden
  1. Mellette was the final governor of the Dakota Territory prior to his election as the first Governor of South Dakota.
  2. Won over James Wallace McCarter
  3. Kneip resigned to become Ambassador to Singapore on July 24, 1978; he was succeeded by Harvey L. Wollman.
  4. Mickelson was killed in a plane crash on April 19, 1993; he was succeeded by Walter Dale Miller.