Thune was born in South Dakota in 1961. He graduated from Biola College in 1983 and got an MBA from The University of South Dakota the following year. Thune held a number of positions in the public office in South Dakota until his successful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. Thune was re-elected twice before an unsuccessful South Dakota Senator bid in 2002. Thune tried again and won a surprising Senate race in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010, where he currently holds office.

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Full Name: 
John Randolph Thune
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 7, 1961

Murdo, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Alma Mater: 
Biola University
University of South Dakota

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