South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson  

South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson

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Fellow South Dakotans:

It is my honor to dedicate the 2005 South Dakota Legislative Manual to the men and women of the South Dakota National Guard, their families and their employers. 

It is my pleasure to provide to you, for the first time, the entire contents of this volume through the internet.  By using the links below you can download the sections in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).  Please be mindful that many of the files are large in size and may require a high-speed internet connection to download.  If you are interested in purchasing a hard copy of this volume, please call (605) 773-4935.

The Legislative Manual, commonly known as the Blue Book, is a comprehensive reference source on state government that is published every two years according to South Dakota Codified Law.  It contains information on elected state officials, judges, legislators, local and state government administration, a chronology of South Dakota history, and election statistics.

I am often asked why the name "Blue Book".  The term dates back to the fifteenth century when the English Parliament began keeping its records in large volumes covered with blue velvet.  Since that time the name Blue Book has been used to describe many forms of government manuals.

I'm sure you will enjoy this interesting and educational volume!


Chris Nelson
Secretary of State



Front Cover, Title Page and Authorizing Statute
Introductory Letter from Secretary of State Chris Nelson
Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Mount Rushmore State
Setting the Historical Stage
Organic Law of Dakota Territory
Enabling Act
Constitution of South Dakota Index
State Seal and State Emblems

Chapter Two: Congressional Delegation
Link to Entire Chapter
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson
U.S. Senator John Thune
U.S. Representative Stephanie Herseth
Former Members of Congress

Chapter Three: Legislative Branch
Members of the Senate
    Koskan-Two Bulls
Members of the House of Representatives
Members and Employees of the 80th Legislative Session
Employees of the 79th Legislative Session

Former Members of the Legislature and Legislative District Map
    1896 cont.-1911
    1911 cont.-1937
    1937 cont.-1968
    1988 cont.-1992
    1993-2004 plus Legislative District Map

Chapter Four: Executive Branch
Governor Mike Rounds Link to Rounds-Former Governors and Lieutenant Governors
Lieutenant Governor Dennis Daugaard
Former Governors and Lieutenant Governors
Secretary of State Chris Nelson Link to Nelson-Former PUC Commissioners
Attorney General Larry Long
State Auditor Richard L. Sattgast
State Treasurer Vernon L. Larson
Commissioner of School and Public Lands Bryce Healy
Former Constitutional Officers
Public Utilities Commissioner Robert Sahr
Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson
Public Utilities Commissioner Dustin "Dusty" Johnson
Former Public Utilities Commissioners

Chapter Five: Judicial Branch
Chief Justice David Gilbertson Link to Gilbertson-Judicial Circuits Map
Justice Richard W. Sabers
Justice John K. Konenkamp
Justice Steven Zinter
Justice Judith K. Meierhenry
Former Justices of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court District Map
Judicial Circuits Map
Members of the Circuit Court

Chapter Six: State Administration
State Capitol Building and Capitol Complex
Black Hills State University
Dakota State University
Northern State University
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
South Dakota State University
University of South Dakota
South Dakota School for the Deaf
South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
South Dakota Human Services Center - Yankton
South Dakota Developmental Center - Redfield
South Dakota Veterans Home
South Dakota State Fair
State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy
West Farm
Mike Durfee State Prison - Springfield
South Dakota Women’s Prison
South Dakota State Penitentiary
Directory of State Government
Directory of Boards and Commissions
General Appropriations

Chapter Seven: Local Administration
Origin of County Names
County Officials
Municipalities, Post Offices and Population

Chapter Eight: Elections
Election Statistics
        Special Congressional & Primary Election Statistics
        General Election Statistics
    2004 Constitutional Amendments and Initiated Measure Explanations
South Dakota Republican Party Platform
South Dakota Democratic Party Platform
South Dakota Libertarian Party Platform
South Dakota Constitution Party Platform

Chapter Nine: Communications
Link to Entire Chapter
Daily South Dakota Newspapers
Weekly South Dakota Newspapers
South Dakota Television Stations
South Dakota Radio Stations

Notary Commissions
Apostilles & Authentications  
Summons & Complaints  
Lobbyist Registration  
Concealed Pistol Permits  
Filing Fees  
Miscellaneous Filings  
Blue Book


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