The Sioux Falls Argus Leader’s Jon Ellis reported Wednesday afternoon that a Democrat has stepped forward to run for South Dakota’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. Here’s what we’ve gleaned since his first report.
She is Corinna Robinson, who went from Rapid City Central High School in 1983 at age 17 to the U.S. Army. She’s definitely smart enough to be a member of Congress, earning master degrees from Chaminade and Georgetown while in the Army. She worked her way up to the rank of major and retired recently as director for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Her specialty is security. While she was in Iraq one of her duties was escorting members of Congress on tours of Baghdad.
If no other candidates get in the race, Robinson will be challenging Republican two-term incumbent Kristi Noem in 2014. And if they’re the only two candidates, it means a woman will win South Dakota’s House seat for a seventh consecutive time. The streak began in 2004 when Democrat Stephanie Herseth won the special June election after Bill Janklow’s resignation. Herseth won a full term that November and won re-election in 2006 and 2008. In 2010 Noem defeated her. Noem won re-election in 2012.