The people serving in the South Dakota Legislature are not full time and therefore deemed a citizen legislature. The citizens elected to serve in the legislature come from all walks of life. Some are young and just getting started after graduating from college while others are retired. Most balance family, full-time jobs as well as adding the legislative duties during the short session.
The qualifications to run for office are simple and the same for the House and the Senate: 1) must be at least 21 years old; 2) citizen of the United States; 3) must live and be registered in their particular district.
The term of office for both the House and the Senate are also the same which is 2 years. The entire membership of the 105 legislature is elected every 2 years. Since 1993, the constitution was changed to include term limits. No member may serve more than 4 consecutive 2-year terms in one house.
Below is our legislative district map with contact information for legislators and SDAHO members in that district, as well as South Dakota health care data. Click on any district to find out more!