South Dakota State Legislature

Former South Dakota House Speaker Debra Anderson dies

BY: - November 22, 2022

Flags at the South Dakota State Capitol will fly at half-staff through December 10 in honor of the first and only woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House in Pierre. Former state Rep. Debra Anderson died in her home in Washington, D.C. at age 73. She served in the South Dakota House of […]

The South Dakota Capitol building in Pierre. (Seth Tupper/SD Searchlight)

Republicans lose a seat in state Senate, gain in the already deeply red House

BY: - November 9, 2022

The makeup of South Dakota’s deeply red legislature didn’t change much Tuesday night, although some races could see a recount. The 70-person House of Representatives has seen the number of Democrats steadily drop from 29 in 1992 to just seven now. Democrats managed to squeeze out a win in the 35-person senate, bringing the caucus […]