Jean Rounds, wife of GOP Sen. Mike Rounds, dies from cancer

Mike Rounds announced his wife’s death in a statement Tuesday afternoon. His office said she died at her Fort Pierre home while surrounded by loved ones.

“The love of my life is with the Lord. No more treatments. No more pain. Just peace. South Dakota knew her as First Lady. We knew her as wife, daughter, mom and grandma. She was everything to us,” Mike Rounds, who served two terms as South Dakota governor, wrote in a statement.

She was born Jean Vedvei  on Oct. 4, 1956 and was raised on a farm near Lake Preston before registering at South Dakota State University, where she met the future senator. The couple got married in 1978 and eventually had four children together


November 3, 2021