John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the senior United States Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. Thune is in his fourth Senate term and is the Senate minority whip, a post he has held since 2021. He previously served as a United States Representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district. He became South Dakota's Senior senator with the retirement of Tim Johnson in 2015.
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- I say to my colleague from New York that if someone who has a concealed carry permit... in the State of South Dakota that goes to New York and is in Central Park -- Central Park is a much safer place.
- Comments in the US Senate, July 22, 2009.
- I can't believe someone this ignorant gets elected to the United States Senate.