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William John Janklow

William John Janklow, former United States Representative from South Dakota. Bar: South Dakota, 1966, United States Supreme Court, 1970. Recipient National award for legal excellence & skill, National Legal Aid & Defenders Association, 1968.


  • Janklow, William John was born on September 13, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Arthur W. and LouElla Bernice (Gulbranson) Janklow.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University South Dakota, 1964. Bachelor of Laws, University South Dakota, 1966. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Huron College, South Dakota.


    • Staff attorney South Dakota Legal Services, 1966-1967, directing attorney, chief officer, 1967-1972. Chief trial attorney Office of the Attorney General, Pierre, South Dakota, 1973-1974. Attorney general State of South Dakota, 1975-1978.

      Governor State of South Dakota, 1979—1987, 1995—2002. Member United States Congress from South Dakota, 2003—2004. Lecturer Black Hills State College, Harvard University, University of California at Los Angeles, University Northern Colorado, University South Dakota.

      Served with United States Marine Corps, 1956-1959.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: South Dakota, 1966, United States Supreme Court, 1970.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Board directors National Legal Services Corporation. Member American Bar Association, South Dakota Bar Association, National Association Attorneys General, American Trial Lawyers Association, South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, American Judicature Society, National Governors Association (executive committee), American Federation of the Blind.


    • Married Mary Dean Thom, September 3, 1960. Children: Russell, Pam, Shonna.
    • father: Arthur W. Janklow
    • mother: LouElla Bernice (Gulbranson) Janklow
    • spouse: Mary Dean Thom
    • children: Russell Janklow
    • Pam Janklow
    • Shonna Janklow
    William John Janklow
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    Born September 13, 1939
    • 1964
      University South Dakota
    • 1966
      University South Dakota
    • 1973 - 1974
      chief trial attorney, Office of the Attorney General
      Pierre, South Dakota, United States
    • 1975 - 1978
      attorney, general State of South Dakota
    • 1979 - 1987
      governor State of South Dakota
    • 1995 - 2002
      governor State of South Dakota
    • 2003 - 2004
      member, United States Congress from South Dakota
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