Marion Michael "Mike" Rounds (born October 24, 1954) is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from South Dakota, in office since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Rounds served as the 31st Governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011, having previously served in the South Dakota Senate from 1991 to 2001.
Rounds serves as a member of the Governors' Council at the Bipartisan Policy Center. On November 29, 2012, Rounds announced that in 2014 he would run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Johnson, who was retiring. He won the election.
Rounds, the eldest of eleven siblings, was born in Huron, South Dakota, the son of Joyce (Reinartz) and Don Rounds. He has German, Belgian, Swedish, and English ancestry. Rounds has lived in the state capital of Pierre since he was three years old. He was named for an uncle, Marion Rounds, who was killed in the Pacific theater during the Second World War. Several members of the Rounds family have been involved in state government. His father worked at various times as state director of highway safety, a staffer for Rural Electrification Administration and executive director of the South Dakota Petroleum Council. Rounds' brother, Tim Rounds, is a member of the South Dakota State Legislature representing District 24, which includes Pierre...
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