Meet the Legislative Candidates: Mike Knudson • State House – District 12

Mike is a lifelong South Dakota resident who was born and raised in Sioux Falls. I graduated from Washington High School in 1998 and earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2002. Currently, I work for a Sioux Falls-based healthcare system.

In 2011, I married my wife and best friend, Kylie, who is an elementary school teacher. Together we help raise my six year-old son, Carson, who is a second grader in the Harrisburg School District.

Public service is important to my family. My mother, De Knudson, is a former Sioux Falls City Councilor (2002-2010), who worked tirelessly to move Sioux Falls forward. My father, Dave Knudson, spent eight years in the South Dakota Senate (2003-2010) and was the Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2010. He was a champion for K-12 education, open government and was a true leader.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Wild.


As a lifelong South Dakotan with a young family, I am committed to helping make South Dakota a better place for our children. Government’s first job is building a better future for our citizens. Education and economic development are the keys to that better future. Today more than ever, our children need legislators who are genuinely committed to a better education for our kids. I am committed to improved education as my number one priority. I’m a common sense candidate who puts progress before party affiliation and will do what is right for the people of District 12.

Do you support the one-penny sales tax increase to fund education and Medicaid. If so, why or why not?

Education is the single biggest advantage we can give our children. The Sioux Falls and Harrisburg School Districts are doing an outstanding job educating our students with limited resources. I support Initiated Measure 15 (one penny sales tax increase with the proceeds being split between education and Medicaid) but respect the voter’s decision on this issue.

What is the number one issue the state legislature should focus on in the 2013 Legislative session?

The biggest issue we face in South Dakota is the lack of education funding in our state. Increasing the funding for education in South Dakota is my number one priority. We need to focus on our children because they are the future.

Since the state had a surplus this year of $50 million, do you think they should start funding public education better, reduce taxes or allocate those funds to something else?

In 2011 the Legislature voted to cut education funding by 50 million dollars. At the same time they were increasing the number of state employees. This is wrong. The state’s increased revenues from current taxes should be used to restore the cuts made to education and Medicaid rather than to grow state government.



#1 scott on 10.07.12 at 8:56 pm

Considering he and his dad work for Sanford, it’s no surprise he’s for raising the sales tax.

#2 Daniel Willard on 10.07.12 at 11:26 pm

Scott I usually agree with a lot of what you say but this is an extremely questionable move to support a statist like Mike Knudson. If Mike’s mother and father are what he aspires to belike then he does not believe in community service but instead self-enrichment. Mike will not answer questions directly and a perfect example of that is when he is asked about 2nd Amendment rights. He dodges the question by saying he supports sportsmen’s rights, which in not the 2nd Amendment and not what the founders meant. Another thing is he shows right off the bat that he knows nothing about South Dakota’s real fiscal situation claiming we have we have a surplus. Well, he is lying or doesn’t understand finances like almost every other Democrat and Republican in this state. South Dakota is a welfare state beholden to the federal government because we get more from the fed’s then we put in. The whole state is well whores of the fed’s because without our fix from the them we simply could not function at all because we spend far, far to much. Both his mother and father have never seen a tax increase and spending bill they didn’t like and have shown time and time again they have no understanding of the US Constitution or South Dakota’s State Constitution. It seems that Mike is well on his way to being just little his ineffective statist parent’s that are a harm to the welfare of South Dakota and Sioux Falls with their failed and misguiding belief they know what’s best and believe they have the right to control your life’s.

#3 l3wis on 10.08.12 at 8:02 am

Dan – I am not endorsing Knudson. I sent out a letter to over 40 candidates and asked if they would like to profile themselves on my site;

I will be endorsing ‘some’ candidates when it comes closer to the election.

#4 Scott on 10.08.12 at 6:42 pm

You should’ve asked, “if those signs didn’t work for your mom, what makes you think they will work for you?”

#5 Pathloss on 10.08.12 at 8:56 pm

What a shame when you have to come to this site for honest & factual content. Im old so I remember a time when printed & broadcast media reported truth & exposed corruption.

#6 Pathloss on 10.08.12 at 9:01 pm

I know you ‘ll not believe me but there was a time when politicians gave back in service & didn’t get rich from defrauding the public. Not this man but certainly Huether.

#7 l3wis on 10.08.12 at 9:14 pm

Scott – I will give Mike credit on one front, at least he is running in the party he is actually a member of.

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