Sen. John Thune

Senator from South Dakota, Republican

Thune, a Republican, has been a senator from South Dakota since Jan 4, 2005 (next election in 2016).

He was previously the representative for South Dakota's at-large district (1997-2002).



Our unique analysis of the bills Thune has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Thune is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Thune for more statistics.

Committee Membership

John Thune sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Thune sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (24%) Health (20%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Environmental Protection (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Labor and Employment (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Thune’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 2005 to Sep 2016, Thune missed 45 of 3,625 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: