Senator Mike Rounds Announces Passing Of Wife Jean: “The love of my life is with the Lord”


GOP Senator from South Dakota Mike Rounds just announced that his wife Jean passed away after battling cancer. Jean served as First Lady in South Dakota from 2003 to 2011. She was 65 years old.

Senator Rounds issued a short statement on social media that said:

“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.

“The prayers and support we received throughout this battle were powerful and made a difference. 

“We ask for your continued prayer as we remember her life and grieve together as a family.”

From The Argus Leader:

Jean Vedvei was born Oct. 4, 1956, and grew up on a farm in Lake Preston. After graduating from Lake Preston High School, she enrolled at South Dakota State University, where she majored in office management. There, she met her future husband.

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The two were married in 1978. She worked in state government in Pierre, including at the State Planning Bureau and the Department of Transportation, while also raising four children.

Jean Rounds became first lady on Jan. 7, 2003.

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