Sad News. Former Senate Majority Leader George Shanard passes away

Very sad news about one of the last giants in the legislature.

From KELOland News:

Former South Dakota lawmaker George Shanard of Mitchell has died.

Shanard died Friday morning. He was 86.

Shanard served in the state Senate from 1975 to 1992 and was the Republican majority leader from 1989 to 1992.

Read it all here.

I remember Shanard very well, having worked for the state party in the 1988 and 1990 elections while he served in office. He truly was one of the last giant personalities in the legislature pre-dating term limits, and will be missed by those who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with him.

4 Replies to “Sad News. Former Senate Majority Leader George Shanard passes away”

  1. Lee Schoenbeck

    Great man – great wit – a keen sense for policy and how to drive it in the legislative process.

  2. watcher

    Term limits need to be revisited. Everyone running every two years is crazy.
    Men like Shanard who served nearly 10 years before taking a leadership position–so he truly knew the process, the rules, and the goals prior to serving–can no longer happen.

    Maybe over ten years is too long to become Majority Leader–but we need to strike a happy medium. We have some people in leadership now that either don’t know the process–or don’t care–or on power trips. Maybe a longer time learning the process –and the rules–would help to quell some of the power hunger

  3. Troy Jones Post author

    By the mercy of God, may he rest in peace.

    Mercer’s story of Senator Shanard describes a time that has past. Now, every opportunity to attack a person’s motives by twisting something is done.

    For instance, on another thread, some jerk anonymously smears the Governor by implying the Governor’s views are the same as the President’s.

    I mention this in context of Senator Shanard and Lee’s comment because Senator Shanard was a great orator and often shredded an opponent’s argument but never shredded an opponent. This attitude allowed him to oppose someone on this bill and work with them tomorrow.

    We need more like Senator Shanard.


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