KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Jim Abdnor Remembered By Sen. Thune



Bookmark and Share

While many reflect on the life of the former senator, congressman, and lieutenant governor, some think how differently their life would be if it weren't for knowing Jim Abdnor.  

"I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing today, had it not been for Jim Abdnor,” said Senator John Thune.

Thune considered Abdnor a friend and a mentor and says the 89-year-old former senator helped guide him into politics.

“I would have a completely different career path. He, like he did with a lot of other young South Dakotans, took an interest in me. He gave me some opportunities to do some things and help me open some doors,” said Thune.   He went on to say “Everything I know about politics that is good, I learned from Jim Abdnor.”

The republican served for six years in the U.S. Senate. His terms sandwiched between democrat George McGovern and Tom Daschle. Thune believes winning the 1980 election was Abdnor’s most important achievement.    

“That was a very consequential election. It was sort of a real watershed in terms of the politics of South Dakota, but certainly with the politics of the nation,” said Thune.
 
While Thune is thankful for the help he received from Abdnor, he knows he is just one of the few who Abdnor helped along the way.  

“Jim Abdnor was just a good guy. He was somebody that you would see at ball games,” said Thune.

A man, who served South Dakota in a number of political offices, also mentored those who followed in his footsteps.

Abdnor's funeral is set for Saturday morning at 11:30 in Pierre.

Thune will give the eulogy at Lutheran Memorial Church.

On Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., family members will hold a visitation at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.  
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Update: SF Police Find Missing Woman

Sioux Falls Police have found a missing person. Tori Jean Bruggeman ...

Another Car Versus Bike Crash In Sioux Falls

There has been another car versus bicycle crash in Sioux ...

Quarry In SF Will Operate For 15 More Years  story with video

If you've ever been to Sioux Falls, and driven near Madison ...

Unauthorized Charges Linked To Fair Tickets  Jul. 23

Sioux Falls Updates Bicycle Safety Plan  story with video  Jul. 23

South Dakota PUC Rules Against Wind Power Producer  Jul. 23

Formerly Unstable Deadwood Building Has New Life  Jul. 23

Meade County Road Collapse Hampering Traffic  Jul. 23

KDLT News Archive
     

Brookings, SF West make State "A" Legion Tournament

The Brookings Bandits beat Watertown 12-7 Wednesday at the Region 1-A Legion ...

Birds drop 3rd straight at St. Paul

For a second straight game, the Sioux Falls Canaries (22-43) saw their ...

Scheels Plays of the Week from July 14th-20th  story with video

Kelly Stewart has your Scheels Plays of the Week from July 14th-20th. ...

Donohue's 67 highlights final day at State Junior Golf  story with video  Jul. 22

Tuesday's Legion Region recap  story with video  Jul. 22

SDSU names Wood new softball coach  Jul. 22

Birds fall at St. Paul  Jul. 21

Tough day for Spirit Lake and Lemars at state softball  story with video  Jul. 21

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top