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Who is David Zellmer

My deep South Dakota roots date back to late 1800’s with the arrival of my great-grand parents who homesteaded southwest of Woonsocket. For the past 39 years I have served as a Lutheran pastor, starting in parish ministry in rural Aberdeen, and later serving in Mitchell and Pierre. I was elected to serve two terms as the statewide Bishop of the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2007 and re-elected for a final term in 2013. 

Wherever I have served, I have collaborated with the entire community in both civic and religious arenas. It is this approach that guided me as I led over 120,000 baptized members in 252 congregations as the Bishop of the ELCA South Dakota Synod, leading us through the recession of 2008-2010 with fiscal responsibility and discipline. I will take these same principles to Pierre as your next Republican Senator for District 14.

My wife of 44 years, LaDonna, is a college advisor and instructor. We are the parents of four children and have eleven grandchildren. I want your family and mine to stay and thrive in South Dakota.

As your next Senator for District 14 I will work hard to: 


  • Support a strong K-12, post-secondary and technical education system for South Dakota
  • Keeping South Dakota a pro-business friendly state, recruiting new industry and working with existing businesses to expand and grow
  • Workforce development and retention
  • Always use the best information, data and scientific knowledge to make informed decisions



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