South Dakota Senate

The Senate of South Dakota (South Dakota State Senate ) is the upper house of the South Dakota State Legislature, the legislature of the U.S. state of South Dakota.

The chamber of parliament is composed of 35 Senators representing an electoral district respectively. The senators are elected for four -year terms; limiting the terms of office does not exist. The meeting room of the Senate is located together with the House of Representatives in the South Dakota State Capitol in Pierre capital.

Tasks of the Senate

The Senate of South Dakota fall As in upper houses in other states and territories, as well as in the U.S. Senate compared to the House of Representatives special tasks that go beyond the law. So it is up to the Senate, nominations of the Governor in his cabinet to accept or reject other offices of the executive branch and commissions and authorities.

Structure of the chamber

President of the Senate is the acting vice governor, respectively. At votes he only participates to bring about a decision in stalemates. In the absence of the Vice- Governor of the respective President pro tempore stands in front of the plenary sessions. This is elected by the majority party of the Senate and later confirmed by the chamber. Current Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate is the Republican Matt Michels, President pro tempore of the Republican Bob Gray of Pierre.

For Majority Leader ( Majority leader) Republican Russell Olson was selected from Wentworth; Leader of the opposition (minority leader) is the Democrat Jason Frerichs of Wilmot. In addition, a number of Whips are selected by each party to support the faction leaders (Floor Leaders ) at the appropriate group meetings.

Composition after the election in 2010