Rounds drops the last veil

Mike Rounds will go full Monty on his Senate plans Thursday.

After months of teasing and dancing across the state, the former two-term Republican governor will hold press conferences in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls to announce that he is running in 2014 for the Senate seat now held by Tim Johnson.

Rounds, 58, was a popular governor who left office with high approval ratings. There was a lot of speculation he might run for office in the future, although the Pierre native said he enjoyed living in his hometown, and had no real desire to move to Washington, D.C.

But when he started the dance months ago, it was clear his distaste for the nation’s capital had passed, and his desire to serve in government office was still strong.

Here’s the press release on his announcement tour:

Rounds to Make Formal Announcement Regarding U.S. Senate Candidacy 

Pierre, SD – Former Governor Mike Rounds will make an announcement regarding his intentions for the 2014 U.S. Senate race in a series of events on Thursday, November 29. 

In addition to serving as the Governor of South Dakota from 2003-20011, Rounds represented District 24 as a State Senator from 1991-2001.  After leaving office in 2011, the former governor returned as President and CEO of Fischer, Rounds &Associates, an insurance and real estate business, which is headquartered in Pierre with locations in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Watertown.

The schedule for Thursday, November 29 is as follows:

8:30 CST                     Pierre

River Center Annex, Highland Room (North Side of Redrossa)

808 West Sioux Avenue

Don Rounds, 85, will introduce his son

11:30 MST                  Rapid City

Casey Peterson & Associates

909 Saint Joseph Street

4:00 CST Sioux Falls

 University Center

4801 N Career Avenue

Avera Hall