John Thune will seek a fourth term as a U.S. Senator this year.
Thune announced his plans for reelection in a tweet on Saturday.
Thune says that work continues, which is why after careful consideration and prayer, and with the support of his family, his is asking South Dakotans for the opportunity to continue serving them in the U.S. Senate.
Thune, who grew up in Murdo, is the number two ranking Republican member of the Senate and served as the Majority Whip when Republicans controlled more seats in the Senate in 2018-2020. Speculation about Thune’s future gained national attention last month when Thune was considering not seeking another six-year term in the Senate.
The only South Dakotan to hold a higher position in Congress, or U.S. Government, than Thune is former Senator Tom Daschle. The Democrat served several terms as the minority leader, then became the majority leader from 2001-2003 in the 107th Congress. Daschle lost to Thune in 2004 by 4,508 votes.