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Only 20 out of 105 seats in the legislature are held by women.
Only 20 out of 105 seats in the legislature are held by women.
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November 25, 2016

Number of Women Legislators Continues Decline from 2013 High

Women currently make up less than one fifth of the South Dakota State Legislature. The Rapid City Journal reports that just 20 of the 105 seats are held by women, dropping from 22 last session and the high of 24 in 2013-2014. From Rapid City, Lynne DiSanto and Kristin Conzet were re-elected as representatives, while Terri Haverly was unopposed in her senate race. Jacqueline Sly could not run again as a representative due to term limits, and she was defeated in the primaries for senate.

The 2017 Legislative session begins on January 10th. Stories related to this session will be tracked on the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.

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