S.D. has seen governors, lieutenant governors of different parties before
Published 06/03/2010, The Daily Republic
Democrat Scott Heidepriem and Republican Ben Arndt would be the first governor and lieutenant governor of different parties to be elected on the same ticket if they win this fall.
But it wouldn’t be the first time the state’s top two elected officials came from different parties. It’s happened four times in South Dakota history.
The reason for the apparent dichotomy is that until 1974, South Dakota elected its governor and lieutenant governor on separate tickets. That changed after a revamping of state government that put the two offices on the same ticket, changed their terms from two years to four and also allowed Gov. Dick Kneip, a Democrat, to run for a third term.