A lifelong South Dakotan, Larry Rhoden knows the importance of hard work, integrity and service to our country and community. Born and raised in the Sturgis area, Larry graduated from high school at Sunshine Bible Academy near Miller in 1977. Upon completion of high school, he attended Northwestern Vocational School in Sturgis where he was enrolled in the ranch management program. He later enlisted in the Army National Guard and graduated with honors from the NCO Academy.
In August of 1981, Larry married Sandra Murphy, an elementary school teacher in the Meade 46-1 School District. They are the proud parents of four sons, Jesse, Cody, Reggie and Tristen.
A rancher for 32 years, Larry operates a ranch near Union Center, where he also does custom welding.
Larry believes that South Dakota is the best place on earth to live, work and raise a family. That’s why he has been committed to serving in his community. Larry has served as a Trustee for Union Center Community Baptist Church, a volunteer firefighter, and as a School Board member for the Meade 46-1 district.
In 2000, Larry continued his service to South Dakota by being elected to the South Dakota State House of Representatives. Known as a strong conservative leader in the Legislature, Larry was selected by his peers as Majority Leader. In 2008, Larry was elected to the South Dakota State Senate. Currently, he serves as Majority Whip, chair of the State Affairs Committee and a member of the Natural Resources Committee. Throughout his time in the House and Senate, Larry was a strong advocate for cutting taxes, reducing spending, standing up for the 2nd Amendment, defending traditional family values and protecting private property rights.
Poor decisions by career politicians in Washington have led to $17 Trillion Dollars in debt, jeopardized our constitutional freedoms and eroded the social fabric of our society. To turn our nation around, Larry firmly believes that Washington needs to change course.
In the past few months, South Dakotans from across all parts of the state have encouraged Larry to run for U.S. Senate because they believe he has the courage, conviction and conservative values to change Washington. On July 10th, Larry announced he was running for the U.S. Senate with announcements in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.