His election signaled several "firsts" for South Dakota. Rounds had an important role in passing several of Janklow's initiatives including property tax reduction reform of the school aid funding formula the "wiring" of South Dakota schools and the sale of the state cement plant. A referendum for a potential repeal of H.
On November 29 2012 Rounds announced that in 2014 he would run for the U. Rounds served as the 31st Governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011 having previously served in the South Dakota Senate from 1991 to 2001. Rounds currently serves as a member of the Governors' Council at the Bipartisan Policy Center.