John Thune

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John Thune

Junior United States Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party add

Category: Politics

Born in 1961.

Countries: United States (64%), South Dakota (25%), (7%)

Main connections: South Dakota, Tom Daschle, Sonny Perdue

Linked to: Libertarian Party, Republican Party, Republican Policy Committee Chairman of the United States Senate, University of South Dakota




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John Thune was born in 1961 add something


In 1980, Abdnor had made political history by defeating U.S. Senator George McGovern, perhaps the most iconic figure in American liberalism add something


After graduating from Biola University in California in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, Thune received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in 1984 add something


Thune married the former Kimberley Weems of Doland, South Dakota in 1984 add something


Thune worked as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator James Abdnor from 1985 to 1987 add something


In 1989, Thune move to Pierre, South Dakota , South Dakota, where he served as executive director of the Republican Party for two years add something


From 1993 to 1996, he was executive director of the South Dakota Municipal League add something


In 1996, Thune decided to make his first foray into elective politics add something


The Almanac of American Politics explained that Thune "entered the 1996 race as very much an underdog add something


Mike Rounds - Until late in 2001,-Congressman John Thune was the front-runner for the nomination.


Following his 2002 loss to Tim Johnson, Thune challenged Tom Daschle, the United States Senate Minority Leader and leader of the Senate Democrats, in the 2004 elections add something


In 2002, after briefly considering a run for governor of South Dakota, Thune set his sights on a run for the U.S. Senate add something


Instead of running for governor after the end of Governor Bill Janklow's fourth term, Thune challenged incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Tim Johnson in 2002 add something


Tim Johnson (U.S. Senator) - In 2002, he defeated his successor in the at-large House seat, U.S. Representative John Thune , by 524 votes to win re-election


In early 2003, Daschle unexpectedly decided not to run for President add something


South Dakota native Tom Brokaw commented that Thune "ran a very strong campaign" to win the 2004 race add something


He pushed for the final passage of a comprehensive energy bill, which finally overcame a series of Democratic filibusters and passed the Senate in 2005 add something


Thune helped pass another energy bill in late 2007 add something


Prior to the selection of Sarah Palin, Thune was mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Republican Presumptive Nominee John McCain in the 2008 presidential election add something


Thune has served as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee from 2009 until the present time and was vice chairman of the Republican Conference from 2008 to 2009 and the Republican chief deputy whip from 2006 to 2008 add something


Thune faced no Democratic or other opposition for his US Senate seat in 2010, and thus won re-election add something


He was elected Republican Conference Chairman in 2011, taking office in January 2012 add something


On February 22, 2011, however, Thune announced he would not run in the presidential election in 2012 add something


A 2012 feature by "Runner's World Magazine" noted that Thune has "been the fastest man in Congress since 2009 add something


During the summer of 2012, the "USA Today" reported that "South Dakota's Thune is on short list for vice president," but Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was instead selected add something


Significant speculation arose regarding a potential 2012 presidential bid by Thune add something


S. 710 was signed into law October 5, 2012 add something


Humayun Chaudhry - On March 13, 2013, Chaudhry and Lance Talmage, M.D., Chair of the FSMB Board of Directors, received a bipartisan letter signed by U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota and seven other U.S. Senators applauding "the efforts of the Federation of State Medical Boards on the work you are doing in examining solutions that would allow for more efficient sharing of medical licensure information that is necessary for the advancement of telehealth technology


He became South Dakota's Senior senator with the retirement of Tim Johnson in 2015 add something


In May 2016, Thune sent a later to & Facebook demanding details of how the social media site operates its Trending Topics feature, after a Gizmodo article cited anonymous sources, claiming to be former Facebook employees, who alleged a systemic anti-conservative political bias in how material is selected for display in the list add something


On October 3, 2017, Thune became the center of media attention for his response to the mass murder in Las Vegas add something


In June 2018, Thune called on Special Robert Mueller to "start winding" down his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election add something


In July 2018, as the Trump administration pushed for aid for agricultural producers affected by retaliatory tariffs, Thune stated that the plan offered a "false and short-term" sense of security and cited the importance of fair and free trade for farmers in South Dakota add something


In October 2018, Thune sent letters to chief executives of Apple Inc, Inc and Supermicro requesting staff briefings about a Bloomberg report that the Chinese government had implanted malicious hardware into server motherboards provided by Supermicro, writing that charges "that the U.S. hardware supply chain has been purposely tampered with by a foreign power must be taken seriously add something


Richard Shelby - In November 2018, Shelby, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and John Thune met with President Trump at the White House, Shelby stating after the meeting that he told Trump the Republicans should avoid a partial government shutdown over Trump's wishes for a border wall and that he was unsure of Trump's position having been affected by his comments


In March 2019 Thune joined all Senate Republicans, three Democrats, and Angus King in voting against the Green New Deal resolution add something


In March 2019 Thune was one of 38 senators to sign a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue warning that dairy farmers "have continued to face market instability and are struggling to survive the fourth year of sustained low prices" and urging his department to "strongly encourage these farmers to consider the Dairy Margin Coverage program add something