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Bernie Hunhoff

Bernie Hunhoff
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 18th[1] district
Assumed office
January 2014
Serving with Mike Stevens (2009–present)
Mike Stevens
Preceded by Jean Hunhoff
Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 18th district
In office
January 1993 – January 1999
Preceded by Elmer Bietz
Succeeded by Garry Moore
Personal details
Born (1951-09-05) September 5, 1951
South Dakota
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Yankton, South Dakota
Alma mater University of South Dakota
Mount Marty College

Bernie P. Hunhoff[2] (born September 5, 1951 in South Dakota) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the South Dakota Senate representing District 18 since January 2009. Hunhoff was non-consecutively a member of the South Dakota Senate for District 18 from January 1993 until January 1999, and has been the House minority leader since January 13, 2009.

Hunhoff is also a writer and journalist. He wrote for the Madison Daily Leader and the Watertown Public Opinion In South Dakota before starting his own weekly paper, the Missouri Valley Observer, in 1978. In 1985 he founded South Dakota Magazine, a bi monthly journal that explores the history, culture and geography of the state. He has also authored and co-authored several books, including Uniquely South Dakota, South Dakota Curiosities and South Dakota's Best Stories.

He married Myrna Mulloy in 1974. They have two children, Katie and Christian, and four grandchildren. They live in Yankton


Hunhoff attended University of South Dakota-Springfield and earned his BA from Mount Marty College in 1974. He is a 1969 graduate of Yankton High School and attended rural country schools.


  • 2012 When incumbent Republican Representative Nick Moser left the Legislature and left a District 18 seat open, Hunhoff ran in the June 5, 2012 Democratic Primary;[3] in the four-way November 6, 2012 General election, Hunhoff took the first seat with 5,589 votes (31.4%) and Republican nominee Mike Stevens took the second seat ahead of Republican nominee Thomas Stotz and Democratic nominee Charlie Gross.[4]
  • 1992 When Senate District 18 incumbent Republican Senator Elmer Bietz left the seat open, Hunhoff ran in the June 2, 1992 Democratic Primary and placed first by 8 votes with 1,074 votes (50.2%), including an election recount that did not change the result;[5] and won the November 3, 1992 General election with 6,349 votes (68.94%) against Republican nominee Clifford Groseth.[6]
  • 1994 Hunhoff was unopposed for both the June 7, 1994 Democratic Primary[7] and the November 8, 1994 General election, winning with 7,024 votes.[8]
  • 1996 Hunhoff was unopposed for both the 1996 Democratic Primary[9] and the November 5, 1996 General election, winning with 7,103 votes.[10]
  • 2008 When House District 18 incumbent Republican Representative Charlotte Gilson left the Legislature and left a District 18 seat open, Hunhoff ran in the June 3, 2008 Democratic Primary;[12] in the four-way November 4, 2008 General election Hunhoff took the first seat with 6,014 votes (34%) and Republican nominee Nick Moser took the second seat ahead of incumbent Democratic Representative and former Senator Garry Moore and Republican nominee Daniel Rupiper.[13]
  • 2010 Hunhoff ran in the June 8, 2010 Democratic Primary;[14] in the four-way November 2, 2010 General election, incumbent Republican Representative Moser took the first seat and Hunhoff took the second seat with 4,957 votes (31.9%) ahead of former Representative Charlotte Gilson and fellow Democratic nominee Jay Williams.[15]
  • 2014 Hunhoff ran unopposed in the June 3rd, 2014 Democratic Primary. Hunhoff than ran for the District 18 Senate seat, which was held by his sister-in-law Republican Jean Hunhoff. In the November 4, 2014 General election, Hunhoff defeated Republican nominee Matt Stone; Hunhoff won with 4,300 votes.


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