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John Thune
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Senate Majority Whip
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Leader Mitch McConnell
Preceded by John Cornyn
Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded by Jay Rockefeller
Succeeded by Roger Wicker
Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
January 26, 2012 – January 3, 2019
Leader Mitch McConnell
Preceded by Lamar Alexander
Succeeded by John Barrasso
United States Senator
from South Dakota
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Serving with Mike Rounds
Preceded by Tom Daschle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Tim Johnson
Succeeded by Bill Janklow
Personal details
Born
John Randolph Thune

January 7, 1961 (1961-01-07) (age 59)
Pierre, South Dakota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Kimberley Weems (m. 1984)
Children 2
Education Biola University (BA)
University of South Dakota (MBA)

John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is an American politician. Thune is the junior United States Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. He used to be a United States Representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district.

Thune was born on January 7, 1961 in Murdo, South Dakota. He is of Norwegian descent. Thune studied at Biola University and at the University of South Dakota. He has been married to Kimberley Weems since 1984. They have two children.

Thune was selected by the Senate Republican Conference to become the Majority Whip for the 116th Congress, replacing Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who was term limited in the position.



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