Senator Jim Abdnor

Jim Abdnor served our state as a State Senator, Lt. Governor, Congressman and US Senator with class, humility, dignity, diligence and wholesomeness that is the epitome of public service. While the official service ended decades ago, his kindness and commitment to our well-being remained central to his very essence.

Jim has been moved to hospice where he is resting comfortably with family by his side. During this difficult time, I ask you to keep SJA and his family in your prayers.

UPDATE: May 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m. Senator Abdnor is resting most comfortably. While unable to wake up, he recognizes voices, responding with moving his head, changed breathing patterns & a slight squeeze of the hand.

UPDATE: May 14, 2012, 8 a.m.Senator Abdnor continues to show the fight he gave us while in office. He is resting very peacefully and comfortably while at the same time loving life and those around him by staying with us. This morning a former Abdnor staffer, who stayed with Jim along with his niece last night, said “Jim does everything on “Abdnor time” and still has something to do here.” Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.

UPDATE: May 15, 2012, 10 a.m. Senator Abdnor is amazing with regard to his fight. He seems to be rallying as his oxygen levels are stronger this morning than yesterday. This morning I played Senator Thune’s Fox News Sunday appearance for him and his breathing accelerated. Whether it was just John’s voice or he grasped the wisdom of Thune’s words :), I don’t know but it was noticeable. His endurance and vitality amazed me when he was in office and in these final days my amazement remains.

10 Replies to “Senator Jim Abdnor”

  1. Doug Wiken

    Abdnor is a decent human being who seemed to demonstrate the same joy and interest in meeting people which is also part of Bill Clinton’s appeal. I never had the feeling that Abdnor’s smile was camouflage for a sneer.

  2. Bill Fleming

    He is a sweet man. I wish him, his family, and good friends God speed and grateful hearts.

  3. Job Creator

    I’ll never forget as a high school kid getting those clippings and notes he sent when we made the paper. He really knew how to make a kid feel good.

  4. oldguy

    I met Jim when I was 20 years old in the Corner Cafe in Kennebec, SD having breakfeast. 15 years later I met him in Pierre and before I could say my name he said hello I met you 15 years ago at the Corner Cafe I will never forget that.

  5. Cory S


    Thank you for the update. Although I am many decades removed from South Dakota, I fondly remember the time spent serving for the Senator and what a wonderful human being he is!

  6. Troy Jones Post author

    For those of you who only look to see more recent comments and might miss the update, I am posting this to alert you of the change.


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