ACU Foundation Releases Latest Scores of the South Dakota Legislature

The South Dakota Legislature was ranked the fifteenth most conservative legislature in the United States in 2019 and could improve in 2020 thanks to their partnership with Governor Kristi Noem to keep the economy open, according to the American Conservative Union Foundation's annual ratings of state legislatures.

The Democrats and Republicans improved their overall score, with the Republicans up three points and the Democrats up almost twelve points.

The American Conservative Union Foundation conducts an annual, in-depth analysis to rate all 8,000 lawmakers in America, revealing their positions on a wide variety of issues directly affecting our communities and families.

The state’s overall score improved by five points to an average of 66 percent.

South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem has done a great job keeping the economy open and will be a speaker at this year’s CPAC, American Conservative Union’s annual event.

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South Dakota Legislature Improves Conservative Rating during 2020 Session

CPAC Host Releases Scores of South Dakota State Lawmakers

Alexandria, VA—Lawmakers of the South Dakota Legislature voted more conservatively in the 2020 session than in 2019, according to the just-released ratings of the 2020 session published by The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Review the scorecard to see the ratings of all South Dakota state lawmakers and find out which votes ACUF scored.

Heading into the 2020 election, both Republicans and Democrats improved their average conservative ratings, with Republicans up by an average of 3 points compared to 2019 and Democrats up 11.5 points. A total of 17 lawmakers qualified for awards from ACUF for conservative voting records, down from 26 in 2019. The legislature’s overall conservative score increased by 4 points to 66%, potentially helping the state climb in ACUF’s rankings of state legislatures, where it ranked 15th most conservative for 2019.

“South Dakotans have worked closely with Governor Noem and conservative champions in the legislature to keep the economy open,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “Not only has this helped thousands of families stay afloat, it also creates an opportunity to strategize for the future. We hope South Dakota lawmakers will capitalize on this chance to further reduce taxpayer burdens and rein in less-than-crucial initiatives.”

ACUF’s Ratings of Congress and Ratings of the States are initiatives of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA). These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 elected officials across the nation view the role of government while illustrating the differences between chambers of the legislature and revealing lawmakers’ positions on a wide variety of issues that directly affect citizens.

ACU Foundation reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both chambers of the legislature to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.

Click Here to view the 2020 Ratings of South Dakota online and Click Here to visit our website.

For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF’s Ratings of the States, email Luke Schneider, Deputy Director of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability, at [email protected].


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