Lance S. Russell is a Republican member of the South Dakota State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2016.
Russell is a former Republican member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 30 from 2009 to 2017.
Russell’s professional experience includes working as an attorney
- 2008: When District 30 incumbent Republican Representatives Gordon Howie and Gordon Pederson both ran for South Dakota Senate and left both District 30 seats open, Russell ran in the five-way June 3, 2008 Republican Primary and placed first with 1,651 votes (26.9%) ahead of former state Representative Dick Brown, who placed third; in the four-way November 4, 2008 General election fellow Republican nominee Mike Verchio took the first seat and Russell took the second seat with 6,554 votes (30.68%) ahead of Democratic nominees Kathleen Ann and Jacqueline Gerenz.
- 2010: Russell and incumbent Representative Verchio were unopposed for the June 8, 2010 Republican Primary and won the three-way November 2, 2010 General election, where Representative Verchio took the first seat and Russell took the second seat with 5,829 votes (34.55%) ahead of returning 2008 Democratic nominee Kathleen Ann.
2012: Russell and fellow incumbent Republican Representative Mike Verchio were challenged in the five-way June 5, 2012 Republican Primary where Verchio placed first and Russell placed second with 1,433 votes (25.2%); Verchio and Representative Russell were unopposed for the November 6, 2012 General election, where Representative Verchio took the first seat and Russell took the second seat with 6,481 votes (45.6%).