South Dakota, we have 35 Legislative Districts. The House of Representatives is composed
of two representatives from each district, so this chamber accommodates 70
representatives. The Constitution provides for not fewer than 50 nor more than 75 members.
Representatives have a term of office of two years and are elected in November of
of the House presides over this Chamber. This individual is selected by the members of the
House of Representatives. The Speaker, in most cases, ends up being from the majority
party in the House.
the ceiling you'll notice the Victorian leaded stained glass.
At the front of the room, ceiling level, is
located another canvas art painting. This is the largest painting in the Capitol. The
painting is entitled, "The Peace That Passes Understanding," by Charles
desks in the House are constructed of oak wood; in 1910, oak wood would have been less
expensive than mahogany.
This Chamber is larger in size than the
Senate. Instead of marble columns we have columns made of plaster, but with all the art
work they have been decorated with they appear to be very elaborate also. Televised
programs from the Capitol usually take place from this Chamber as there is more seating on
the third floor and more chairs in the Gallery Area. When the Governor delivers his
Address to the State of South Dakota it is delivered from the front center podium, which
at other times is where the Speaker of the House presides.