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United States Representative from South Dakota

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.


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.


  • Bar: South Dakot bar 1966, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar 1970.


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.

Arthur W. Janklow

LouElla Bernice (Gulbranson) Janklow

Mary Dean Thom

Russell Janklow

Pam Janklow

Shonna Janklow