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Senate committee approves Burwell nomination for HHS

Senate committee approves Burwell nomination for HHS

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) --The Senate Finance committee overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the new secretary of Health and Human Services Wednesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."

Obama to use executive power 12 times to push agenda

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- President Obama said in his State of the Union address he would use executive power to tackle the U.S. wealth disparity and try to speed the economic recovery.

Farm bill coming up for vote soon?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional leaders say a compromise farm bill is close to a vote after months of delay.

Tit-for-tat claims on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Keystone XL supporters in the United States said they're frustrated with a slow review while its opponents said it's time to reject it on environmental grounds.

GOP senators will try to delay individual mandate for health insurance

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- Republicans said Wednesday they'll try to defund and delay in the Senate Appropriations Committee Obamacare provisions requiring individuals to buy insurance.

Stafford student loan rates on path to double next week

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Interest rates on some new federal student loans appear destined to double next week, U.S. senators say, with a Monday deadline looming.
White House setting groundwork for debt-ceiling increase

White House setting groundwork for debt-ceiling increase

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said he had "a good conversation" with some Senate Republicans concerning the U.S. debt ceiling.

Background-check backers scramble for Senate votes

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- Backers of a plan to expand U.S. gun-sale background checks raced to secure Senate votes Monday while a gun-rights lobby broke ranks to support the measure.
Rand Paul says he may run for president

Rand Paul says he may run for president

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., fresh off a 13-hour filibuster over President Obama's drone policy, says he is considering a presidential run in 2016.
Familiar themes heard in GOP address

Familiar themes heard in GOP address

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate must pass a budget and Congress must reform federal entitlement programs, a South Dakota Republican senator argued Saturday.
Boehner to Obama: Stop slow-walking

Boehner to Obama: Stop slow-walking

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday broke his silence on "fiscal cliff" talks, saying it's time for President Obama to stop slow-walking a solution.
Obama pushes businessmen on tax hike

Obama pushes businessmen on tax hike

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama Wednesday tried to enlist business leaders in the battle on the "fiscal cliff" and House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged taxes will rise.
Analysts expect some fireworks in Senate battles

Analysts expect some fireworks in Senate battles

A couple of races may have pushed the possibility of Republicans taking over the U.S. Senate to the edge, several pundits noted recently. Or maybe not, others say.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Christie to Romney: Open up

Christie to Romney: Open up

TRENTON, N.J., July 3 (UPI) -- Outspoken New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Mitt Romney should loosen up and let the American people "see who Mitt Romney really is."
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Sen. John Thune, R-SD, speaks during a news conference to dispel myths about the use of ethanol as a biofuel on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2008. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)
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John Randolph Thune (born January 7, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from South Dakota and a member of the Republican Party. He previously served as a U.S. Representative for South Dakota's At-large congressional district.

Thune was born and raised in the small town of Murdo, South Dakota, the son of Yvonne Patricia (née Bodine) and Harold Richard Thune. Thune's paternal grandfather was an immigrant from Norway who partnered with his brother to start Thune Hardware stores in Mitchell and Murdo, South Dakota.

Thune was a star athlete in high school, taking his basketball team near a state championship, and also played college basketball at Biola University.

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