Mike Rounds

Running for Senator from South Dakota

Mike Rounds is South Dakota!!

He has served honorably and admirably as a State Senator and Governor. He now seeks to become the junior Senator from South Dakota serving along with Senator John Thune.  We think it is a pretty good idea.

Mike Rounds earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University where he met his wife, Jean Vedvei. Together, they have four children: Christopher, Brian, Carrie, and John. They are also proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

From 1991 to 2001,  Rounds was elected to five terms in the South Dakota State Senate. In 1995, he was chosen by his peers to serve as Senate Majority Leader, a post he held for six years.

After being elected Governor; Rounds launched several initiatives that were designed to attract and expand businesses, create jobs, better educate youth, and improve the quality of life in South Dakota.

Former Governor Rounds recognized that people, especially South Dakota’s young people, are the state’s greatest assets. He therefore placed special emphasis on the young, making sure they had the opportunity for a quality education and providing incentives for them to stay in the state by fostering an atmosphere in which they could find good jobs and enjoy an excellent quality of life.

During his time in office, Rounds demanded government efficiency and often reminded his cabinet of that responsibility. He was mindful that a state government is taxpayer funded, and wanted to collect no more in taxes than necessary to provide essential and important services for South Dakotans.

Among the many major accomplishments and initiatives during former Governor Rounds’ eight years in office were:

  • Beginning construction of the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake and initialization of the first experiments at the 4,850-foot level of the mine; the mine is well on its way to becoming a world-class research facility
  • Large increases in South Dakota’s Gross Domestic Product and visitor spending
  • Over 25,000 more people with jobs in South Dakota at the end of 2010, compared to eight years earlier – despite the national recession
  • Substantial advancement of the ethanol and wind energy sectors
  • Establishing 10 nationally competitive research centers at state-supported universities
  • Record state university and technical school enrollments
  • Creation of university and technical institute scholarship programs, providing more than $15 million in scholarships
  • Greatly increased PhD programs at the six state-supported universities
  • K-12 schools received $109 million more annually in 2010 compared to 2003, when Rounds first took office as governor
  • Saving Ellsworth Air Force Base from closure in 2005 by a federal commission

Under former Governor Rounds’ leadership, South Dakota ranked in the following areas:

  • #1 in State Tax Business Climate Index (Tax Foundation)
  • #1 Small Business Survival Index (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)
  • #1 Business Tax Index: State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship & Small Business (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)
  • 2nd Lowest state tax rate per capita in the nation.

Game Changer PAC is looking forward to having Former Governor Rounds serve, for the state he has done so much for already, in the United State Senate