US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: The Importance of Staying Connected With You

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By Sen. John Thune

Representing the state of South Dakota in the U.S. Senate is one of the greatest honors of my life, but it wouldn’t mean anything without you: the dedicated and hard-working people who call South Dakota home. Those of you whom I’ve been lucky to meet and get to know over the years know that I try to escape the out-of-touch world of Washington, D.C., as often as possible. I take my responsibility of being your senator seriously and work hard for you every day I spend in Washington, bringing the common sense you expect and deserve to the capital city. But when the votes have closed, the committee hearings have ended, and the lights on the Senate floor start to dim, I head home to South Dakota for a fresh dose of reality.

The work doesn’t end when I leave Washington, though. As you probably know, I have busy offices throughout the state that are constantly hard at work for you. My offices in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen are strategically located across South Dakota to make it easier for you to contact my staff who are always willing and able to help you with questions, problems, or concerns you might have with the federal government.

If you’re not able to travel to one of our physical Senate offices, we’re always open online at It’s a great resource for all South Dakotans. I understand how quickly the Internet changes, so in order to remain at the forefront when it comes to the digital service we provide to you, we recently made some important updates to my website that will make it easier to navigate. Also, the website now has a responsive design, which means whether you’re viewing it on your desktop, mobile phone, or tablet, you’ll receive the same high-quality experience.

I’m also keenly aware that the way we communicate with one another has evolved, which is why I stay connected with you on social media. With just a few quick clicks or the opening of an app, you can send me a tweet or post a comment on some of my behind-the-scenes photos and videos. I try to share as much information as possible with you about bills we’re voting on or I have introduced, events I’m attending throughout the state, or my thoughts on the important issues of our time. I truly value your input, so please continue to send your thoughts my way on Twitter and Instagram at @SenJohnThune.

I look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon – maybe at a public meeting, local basketball game, or even in one of the aisles at the grocery store or hardware store. As we cross paths, please know that I will continue to listen, learn, and take our South Dakota values with me to Washington on your behalf. And if you’re visiting Washington for vacation or a conference, please stop in to say hello. It’s always nice to see some friendly faces in the marble halls of Congress!


20 thoughts on “US Senator John Thune’s Weekly Column: The Importance of Staying Connected With You

  1. Anonymous

    ‘Representing the state of South Dakota in the U.S. Senate is one of the greatest honors of my life’ because I have a great salary, excellent health benefits and an awesome pension for the rest of my life that comes right out of your pockets. And I get write meaningless columns that are boring and monotonous. It’s funny because I couldn’t careless, it’s all about me!

    There, that sounds better.

  2. whats not

    Well said , votes to let pensions to be cut , but then again wont put the boys club on social security ,This guy is a joke, not only only this but veterans health care to..

  3. Anonymous

    Congressional benefits are similar to all fed employees, Obama care, ssi, fers, etc., unless you were Sen Johnson and exempted staff.

    1. Anonymous

      Some enlightenment for the dumb: there is no mention of Social Security benefits in any of the comments; Congressional retirement benefits are far better than the rest of working class America. Guess we can all eat cake.

        1. Anonymous

          I did your research for you since your likely incapable of determining the difference between a.m. and p.m. You meant the comment at 3:29 p.m. See, it’s not so hard being specific. One point you know: I don’t read posts by whats not. Now carry on, petulant child.

  4. Kelly Lieberg

    Where is the courageous John Thune ? Why is he holding back his Presidential endorsement ? The twice unchallenged Republican of one of the countries most red states ! A man who third in line of leadership in the Senate. This is a party man from a neighboring state to Iowa. No longer from Murdo, but from Sioux Falls. Less than 20 miles from Iowa ! The lack of an endorsement from a man of such unchallenged distinction within the party from a neighboring state and from a state months away from our own primary. How better of an opportunity for South Dakota to add our voice to the national conversation. Plainly, flatly and simply; there is no courage. It’s too risky. A man afraid to sing.

    1. Anonymous

      And then you’d bitch about whoever he chose. Lighten up. Who have McConnell, Cornyn, Ryan endorsed? If he’s got a choice I’m sure that candidate knows and will call on him when/if needed.

  5. Sewing Ladies

    Our little group just thinks the world of Senator Thune. Not only do we find his South Dakota staff to be responsive to our needs, but we have also enjoyed his personal visits. In fact Mary always marvels at how much he raves about the egg coffee she makes when he comes to see us. John is a true patriot, and I am very sure his campaign will be getting our Q1 contribution shortly. God Bless you John.

  6. Robert Leneker

    I am somewhat dubious of Senator Thune. I contacted him on my concerns over the Federal Reserve System(really a Bankers Cartel), what it is doing to this country. I asked that he introduce, help pass some of the Ron Paul, Auditing Legislation to bring these crooks under control. He sent me a canned, response of how great the Federal Reserve is and that they have to report to Congress.

    A few other messages to him, Stop the Damn Wars, and to cool it on the Defense spending….We spend more than the next 50 nations combined….!

    Pretty soon he just doesn’t reply…kind of like the way they figure Unemployment…write you off.
    Last Question was whether he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and whether he endorses the Fabian Society, One World One (Socialist) Government they promote…By not answering, he Answered the question.