Mike Rounds on Principles & Values

Republican SD Governor


Lifelong resident of Pierre; president of local YMCA

Mike, the oldest of 11 children, was born in Huron, S.D. on October 24, 1954, and is a lifelong resident of Pierre. Mike and Jean were married in 1978 and have four children--Christopher and his wife, Lindsay, Brian, Carrie, and John.

The governor is a licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He enjoys playing racquetball with his buddies and hunting in his spare time with his sons and his lab, Brandy. In the summer, you'll often find him and his family boating and camping on the Missouri River.

He has previously served as board president of the Oahe YMCA, vice president of the Home and School Association of St. Joseph School, president of the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Exchange Club and exalted ruler of the Pierre Elks Lodge. He is also a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Pierre, the Knights of Columbus, and Ducks Unlimited.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 South Dakota Senate race , Jan 11, 2020

Endorsed Endorsed by Donald Trump/MAGA during presidency.

Rounds is endorsed by Trump/MAGA endorsement list

Endorsements by Donald Trump, implying support of Trump's agenda and electoral style. The phrase `Make America Great Again` was popularized in Trump`s 2015 book Time to Get Tough:Making America Great Again. It is the campaign slogan embroidered on the ubiquitous red caps seen at Trump rallies (which after Trump`s presidency, became known as `MAGA rallies`).

Source: Ballotpedia 2016-2022 endorsement list 2022-MAGA on Jan 1, 2022

Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Rounds voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.