U.S Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) is a lifelong sportsman. Like many South Dakotans, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus was one of the first caucuses he joined upon taking office in 2015. As Governor of South Dakota, he helped establish the Governors Sportsmen Caucus, also serving as co-chair in 2009.
“South Dakota is largely defined by the vast and diverse outdoor activities that we offer,” said Rounds. “Our outdoor heritage benefits our quality of life as well as the economy of South Dakota. As an avid hunter and fisherman, I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to advocate on behalf of the sporting community.”
Senator Rounds is a lifelong South Dakotan who previously served as governor of South Dakota from 2003-2010. From 1991 to 2000, he served in the South Dakota State Senate. In 1995, his colleagues selected him to serve as Senate Majority Leader, a position that he held for six years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from South Dakota State University. In the private sector, Rounds built a successful insurance and real estate business with offices throughout the state. He and his wife, Jean, currently reside in Fort Pierre. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.
Senator Rounds serves on four committees: Senate Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs and Environment and Public Works.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (13.75%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (11.25%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (61.25%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (13.75%)