Currently alive, at 63 years of age.
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1954 – Marion Michael Rounds Mike Rounds, born on the 24th of October in Huron, South Dakota, and is a lifelong resident of Pierre. He is the oldest of 11 children.
1977 – He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in political science and met his wife, Jean Vedvei of Lake Preston.
1978 – Married Jean Vedvei, nd have four children.
1990 – He was elected to the South Dakota State Senate and reelected four times.
1994 – 2000 – He was chosen to serve as senate majority leader, a post he held until he was term-limited.
1995 – He was selected by his peers to be Senate Majority Leader.
2002 – He was elected governor of South Dakota on the 5th of November.
2006 – He signed a controversial bill to ban most abortions.