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U.S. Sen. John Thune Discusses Career in Public Service and Senate Leadership on Credit Hour

Sen. John Thune U.S. Sen. John Thune, '84 MBA, spoke about his career in public service and experience serving in Senate leadership on Credit Hour.

VERMILLION, S.D. – U.S. Sen. John Thune ’84 MBA, spoke about his career in public service and experience serving in Senate leadership on Credit Hour.

“You have to maintain that optimism and have a sense about the future that keeps you moving forward,” said Thune. “More than anything else, to me, if any of the lessons that we learn from all this: try to extend grace to yourself but also to other people when you’re going through a tough time and look for ways to serve other people.”

Speaking about his experience earning a master’s degree at USD in business administration, Thune reflected on the benefits of the program.

“I really appreciate and value looking at the world and looking at issues and problems through the prism of that MBA background,” said Thune.

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