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).

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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 (19%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Environmental Protection (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Thune’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea On the Nomination PN64: Alissa M. Starzak, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army
Dec 14, 2015. Nomination Confirmed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
Oct 30, 2015. Motion Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Sep 2016, Thune missed 45 of 3,631 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

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