Jim Abdnor, by his own admission, wasn't a flashy politician.
However, that's how he wanted South Dakotans to see him. Abdnor portrayed that persona in several of his campaign ads while running for Congress.
"I'm Jim Abdnor, probably most of you know me, I've been around here all my life as a teacher, coach and a farmer," Abdnor said in one campaign ad.
While some politicians try to get cute with their campaign ads to grab attention, Abdnor's were pretty straight forward.
"I put South Dakota first, I always have, always will," Abdnor said.
South Dakotans who knew Adbnor will remember him as a decent man who worked tirelessly for the state he loved. That was evident in his no nonsense campaign ads, like this one:
"For 30 years, he worked hard and effective for South Dakota, he's different from most politicians and he's not loud or flashy and he never cared who got the credit as long as the job got done."
"God didn't make me a flashy speaker that's for sure, but we got a lot of flash speakers in Congress and if speeches solved problems, we wouldn't have any problems," Abdnor said.
His ads capture the spirit of South Dakota and Abdnor's humble beginnings.
"Once I realized I didn't have the talent to make it as a major league baseball player, the only thing I ever dreamed about as a kid was someday to serve my state and country," Adbnor said.
One ad most people may remember is when Abdnor talked about dancing.
"So I'm not a great speaker, heck I'm not a great dancer either, but I'm a great fighter for South Dakota," Abdnor said. "Come to think of it, I'm not a bad dancer."
He wasn't too bad of a politician for South Dakota either.
If you'd like to look at other historical Abdnor campaign check out the state's historical web site.