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John Thune
United States Senator
from South Dakota
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Serving with Tim Johnson
Preceded by Tom Daschle
28th Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
Assumed office
January 26, 2012
Leader Mitch McConnell
Preceded by Lamar Alexander
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's At-Large district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Tim Johnson
Succeeded by Bill Janklow
Personal details
Born John Randolph Thune
January 7, 1961 (1961-01-07) (age 59)
Murdo, South Dakota
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kimberley Weems (m. 1984–present) «start: (1984)»"Marriage: Kimberley Weems to John Thune" Location: (linkback:
Children Brittany and Larissa
Residence Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Alma mater Biola University
University of South Dakota
Occupation Political Assistant
Association Executive
Religion Evangelical Christian

John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961)[1] is an American politician. Thune is the junior United States Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. He used to be a United States Representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district.

Thune was born on January 7, 1961 in Murdo, South Dakota. He is of Norwegian descent.[2] Thune studied at Biola University and at the University of South Dakota. He has been married to Kimberley Weems since 1984. They have two children.


  1. Brooks, David (2009-11-13). "Meet John Thune". The New York Times.
  2. "John Thune ancestry". Retrieved May 2, 2013.

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