Thune received a Bachelor's degree from Biola University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota (1984).
Prior to election to public office, he worked in the offices of then United States Senator James Abdnor and served in the Small Business Administration, as well as being an official in the South Dakota Republican Party.
In 1996, he won the first of 3 consecutive terms to the U.S. House of Representatives for South Dakota (at-large seat). Then, after an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002, he was elected to the other of South Dakota's Senate seats in 2004.
Thune serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business Committee.
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In 2004, John Thune was elected to his first term as a U.S. Senator when he defeated incumbant Senator and Senate minority leader Tom Daschle in a very close race.
Source: 2004 Federal Election Results - final official tally
Primary election: June 8
Following the passing of the deadline for candidate filing for the June 8 primary election, it appears that Sen. John Thune will be unopposed as no Democrat filed for the office. It is still possible that he will have opposition in the November general election if a candidate files nominating petitions with sufficient signatures to make the ballot and does so by the early June deadline. Such a candidate would have to be listed as an independent candidate on the ballot
- See also: 2010 U.S. Congressional election
- Strolling back to the Senate? No opposition for Thune - article from the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, April 2, 2010