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For South Dakota's current district, see South Dakota's At-large congressional district.

South Dakota's 1st congressional district is now obsolete. It existed from 1913 to 1983.

When South Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889, it was allocated two congressional seats, both of which were elected state-wide at-large. This continued until South Dakota received a third congressional seat after the 1910 Census, and individual districts were established.

From 1913 until 1933, the newly created 1st District covered 21 counties in southwestern South Dakota, including the state's largest city Sioux Falls.[1] When South Dakota's 3rd congressional district was eliminated after the 1930 Census, the 1st District was expanded to include all of the counties in South Dakota east of the Missouri River.[2] Population changes eventually reduced the district size until it again covered just 21 counties in the eastern part of the state. During the 97th Congress, it included the cities of Aberdeen, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Vermillion, and Yankton.[3]

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Notes
Charles H. Dillon Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919 Yankton Retired
Charles A. Christopherson Republican March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933 Sioux Falls Lost re-election
Fred H. Hildebrandt Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939 Watertown Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Karl Earl Mundt Republican 1941-01-03 – December 30, 1948 Madison Resigned when appointed to U.S. Senate
Vacant 1948-12-30 – 1949-01-03
Harold Lovre Republican 1949-01-03 - 1957-01-03 Lost re-election
George McGovern Democratic 1957-01-03 – 1961-01-03 Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Ben Reifel Republican 1961 - 1971
Frank E. Denholm Democratic 1971 - 1975
Larry Pressler Republican 1975 - 1979
Tom Daschle Democratic 1979 - 1983 Seat abolished and replaced by At-large seat


  1. ^ Official Congressional Directory, 63rd Congress (1913) through 72nd Congress (1931)
  2. ^ Official Congressional Directory, 73rd Congress (1933)
  3. ^ Official Congressional Directory, 9th Congress (1981)



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