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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Which of these considered changes do you believe would have the most positive impact on management of the recreational red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?Vote Here
- Granting full management authority (stock assessments, management of both commercial and recreational sectors, etc.) to the five Gulf states. (42.86%)
- Extending the states’ current 9-mile management jurisdictions to 25 miles. (21.43%)
- Permanently allow each state to manage its recreational sector allocation out to 200 nautical miles. (14.29%)
- Use of more appropriate management models, such as rate of harvest, rather than the commercial hard-poundage quota system currently in place. (21.43%)
- Inclusion of additional, non-federal data in stock assessments. (0.00%)