Reactions to the death of former Sen. Jim AbdnorSouth Dakota leaders make statements about the passing of U.S. Sen. Jim Abdnor.
“Everything I know about politics that is good I learned from Jim Abdnor. He was a hardworking and effective fighter for South Dakota, and one of the most decent and genuine people to ever hold elective office. I came to know Jim through our mutual love of sports and have been blessed to have him as a mentor and a role model.” — Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
“I was sorry to learn of Sen. Abdnor’s death. Throughout the many years he spent in Washington, Jim Abdnor never lost touch with South Dakota, and many of us loved him for his work ethic and commonsense approach.” — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard
“South Dakota lost a great leader and committed servant with the passing of Jim Abdnor. I always viewed Jim as a humble man of great integrity.” — Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.
“Jim Abdnor earned the respect and admiration of everyone who had the good fortune to know or work with him, including me. South Dakota had no better advocate. He was a dedicated and devoted public servant who encouraged public service in others, too. I am deeply saddened by the news of his death.” — Former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who defeated Abdnor in the 1986 Senate race
“All of his friends will certainly miss him. There may have been political leaders who had more supporters, but nobody had more friends than Jim Abdnor.” — Vance Goldammer of Sioux Falls, Abdnor’s attorney and long-time friend
“Jim worked very hard over the years to serve the people of South Dakota. His passion for public service was inspiring to me and countless others in our state.” — Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.