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Stephanie Herseth Sandlin

Stephanie Herseth SandlinBorn: 3-Dec-1970
Birthplace: Aberdeen, SD

Gender: Female
Religion: Lutheran
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congresswoman from South Dakota, 2004-11

Attorney and executive elected to US Congress in a 2004 special election to succeed Bill Janklow, who resigned after being convicted of manslaughter. Conservative "Blue Dog" Democrat; anti-gay rights, pro-gun rights, pro-PATRIOT Act. Supported 2009 economic stimulus; opposed 2008 Wall Street bailout, 2010 health care reform. Defeated in 2010 election and succeeded by Kristi Noem.

Her grandfather, Ralph E. Herseth, was Governor of South Dakota from 1959-61, and her grandmother, Lorna Buntrock Herseth, was South Dakota's Secretary of State from 1973-79. Her father, Ralph Lars Herseth, was a long-time state legislator in South Dakota, and her husband, Max Sandlin, is a former US Congressman from Texas.

Father: Ralph Lars Herseth (South Dakota state legislator, b. 16-Jun-1946)
Husband: Max Sandlin (former Congressman, m. 31-Mar-2007)
Son: Zachary Lars (b. 2008)

    High School: Groton High School, Groton, SD (1988)
    University: BA Government summa cum laude, Georgetown University (1993)
    University: MA, Georgetown University (1996)
    Law School: JD, Georgetown University (1997)
    Professor: Augustana College (2003)
    Professor: South Dakota State University (2003)
    Professor: Georgetown University

    US Congressman, South Dakota at Large (1-Jun-2004 to 3-Jan-2011)
    South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation Executive Director (1999-2004)
    Law Clerk Fourth Circuit, US Court of Appeals
    Member of the Board of First National Bank South Dakota
    National Farmers Union
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Rotary International Brookings, SD
    State Bar of South Dakota
    New Democrat Movement House New Democrat Coalition
    Swedish Ancestry

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