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Induction Category & YearGeneral 2002
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   James Dunn
Champion of Excellence

 James Dunn was born on June 27, 1927, in Lead, South Dakota. He attended St. Patrick’s School in Lead, graduated from Lead High School in 1945. Later, Dunn attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish. He graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics.

Dunn served in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1945 to 1947. He worked for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead from 1945 to 1985 in various capacities, ranging from crewman to director of public affairs. He served as South Dakota Representative from 1971 to 1972 and served as South Dakota Senator from 1973 to 2000.

James Dunn is only the fourth individual in the State’s history to have continually held elected office in South Dakota Legislature for 30 years. He has served on South Dakota Legislative Standing Committees, Legislative Interim Committees, and in other Legislative offices.

In 1996, the National Republican Legislature Association awarded Dunn the Legislator of the Year. James Dunn said he quit worrying about what the big issues would be each session when he figured out that three things always topped the list: money, money, and money. With the current term limits, James Dunn’s distinctive fraternity and impressive record will not be expanded nor exceeded. According to Dunn, “It’s just a fabulous experience.”

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