Bill Janklow

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Birthday
13, 1939
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Jan 12, 2012 (72)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
13, 1939
Birthplace
Illinois
Death Date
Jan 12, 2012 (72)

About

American politician and member of the Republican Party who was the 27th and 30th Governor of South Dakota as well as a U.S. Congressman from the state.

Before Fame

He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1964 with a BS in business administration; he also earned a law degree there in 1966 before working as a Legal Services lawyer for six years on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Trivia

He held the record for the longest tenure as Governor of South Dakota with 16 years in office; he resigned in 2004 after being convicted of manslaughter for his role in an automobile accident.

Family Life

His father was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials in Germany, where he died suddenly of a heart attack. He was married to Mary Dead Thom.

Associated With

He and John Thune both became well-known politicians from South Dakota.

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