Lee Schoenbeck


Governor Kristi Noem wants lawmakers back for a special session in  late May or early June.

She wants legislators to address several  issues -- changes to a  medical marijuana program and what to do with new coronavirus relief money.

Noem also wants action that could face an uphill challenge in the state Senate.

Governor Noem issued two executive orders moments after state lawmakers failed to approve  changes to a partial veto on a bill. Noem says her orders are meant to protect women’s high school and collegiate sports.

Meet the Canddiates: Lee Schoenbeck

Sep 28, 2020

In The Moment … September 28, 2020 Show 911 Hour 1

Republican Lee Schoenbeck is running for re-election to the South Dakota Senate and would represent District 5 which is Codington county in northeast South Dakota. The 2020 legislative session found him serving on the Judiciary Committee, the Commerce and Energy Committee, and the Legislative Procedure Committee.

Behind the scenes of the recent primary election was a fight over South Dakota’s Republican party.  

Two people, a current and former lawmaker targeted a dozen primary races. Their goal – to defeat what some call an ultra-conservative group of Republican candidates.  

The stakes are high. The new lawmakers will shape the state legislature for the next decade.

State Senator Lee Schoenbeck has been around state politics for more than 40 years.

The Republican has been in and out of the state house in Pierre since 1995.

SD Legislative Research Council

This year's legislature is sending two riot boosting bills to the Governor for her signature.

The first one, House Bill 1117, was introduced early in the session and passed out of both chambers last week.

After that bill passed, the Senate Commerce and Energy Committee drafted an amendment to it and put the new language into a separate bill, House Bill 1199. That amendment cleared the full Senate on Monday, March 9.

Part of the amendment eliminates the term "riot boosting."

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

SD Legislative Research Council

This year South Dakota's "riot boosting" bill was introduced early in the session, unlike last year. And by all appearances, House Bill 1117 has completed the last leg of its journey to the Governor's desk. The state Senate overwhelmingly voted Thursday, March 5, to pass it. But earlier in the day, a Senate committee passed Riot Boosting Part Two, starting that bill on a new journey. Now the legislature will have to consider that new bill in both houses by the end of the day Monday, which is the last day for bills to pass both chambers.

Meet The Candidates - Lee Schoenbeck

Sep 27, 2018

In The Moment ... September 27. 2018 Show 431 Hour 1

South Dakota Public Broadcasting introduces you to the candidates of the 2018 election.

We have invited each candidate to join us for live interviews on In The Moment between now and November.

Today we welcome Lee Schoenbeck. He is a Republican out of District 5 and is running for State Senator.

Lee Schoenbeck was a representative in the state legislature during the 2015-16 session. He joins Dakota Midday to discuss the contentious conversations surrounding the naming of Black Elk Peak.

In August, 2016, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted to change the name of South Dakota's highest peak from Harney to Black Elk. The conversation about Harney peak, however, began long before.