Clint Roberts (politician)

Clint Roberts
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byJames Abdnor
Succeeded byDistrict Abolished
Member of the South Dakota Senate
In office
Personal details
Clint Ronald Roberts

(1935-01-30)January 30, 1935
Presho, South Dakota
DiedFebruary 12, 2017(2017-02-12) (aged 82)
Pierre, South Dakota
Cause of deathChronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Political partyRepublican
Western Actor

Clint Ronald Roberts (January 30, 1935 – February 12, 2017) was an American rancher, Marlboro man, and U.S. representative from South Dakota.

Early life and education[edit]

Roberts was born in Presho, South Dakota, and attended Black Hills State College from 1952 to 1953. Roberts was a rancher.

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the South Dakota Senate from 1972 to 1978. In 1980 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican. He succeeded James Abdnor, who was elected to the U.S. Senate that year. After South Dakota lost its 2nd District due to redistricting in 1982, Roberts ran against Tom Daschle, then the representative from the 1st District. He lost to Daschle in the race for the at-large seat. Roberts also served as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Movie career[edit]

Roberts auditioned for the cigarette commercial The Marlboro Man and was nicknamed "the Marlboro Man." He also was in several commercials and movies starring as a cowboy. He also did tourist promotions for South Dakota.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Roberts retired to a home in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. Roberts died in a hospital in Pierre, South Dakota on February 12, 2017 at the age of 82.[2] He was buried at Presho Cemetery in Presho, South Dakota.[3]


  1. ^ 'Former US Rep. Clint Roberts of West River dies at 82,' Rapid City Journal, February 13, 2017
  2. ^ Ex-US Rep, Clint Roberts, nicknamed "Marlboro Man," dies
  3. ^ "Obituary, Clint Roberts". Isburg Funeral Chapels. Pierre, SD. February 17, 2017.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Abdnor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's 2nd congressional district

1981 – 1983
District eliminated