He's served as the Democratic minority leader in both the South Dakota State House and Senate and ran for governor against Bill Janklow back in 1998.
Thursday morning, State Senator Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton was the speaker at the Morning Fill Up at The Garage in Rapid City.
Hunhoff talked about his work as founder and editor of South Dakota Magazine ... and about politics in the state.
Just 11 years ago, South Dakota had two Democratic senators and a Democratic representative.
Today, Republicans hold all three spots.
What does Hunhoff think Democrats in the state need to do to make inroads again?
Sen. Hunhoff says, "What we've got to do is keep building from the grass roots, finding good candidates at the local level, whether it's city commission, school board, county commission or legislature and keep building that farm team. We've got some really really fine young leaders around the state. A lot of them don't have a lot of name recognition right now. We've got a good farm team and we just need to wait for the cycle to move through. I'm confident that South Dakota, in general, is becoming more progressive."
Across the state, 38 percent more people are registered as Republicans than Democrats.
Republicans outnumber Democrats by about two to one in Pennington County.
That number is up to about seven to one up in Harding County.