Clint Ronald Roberts (January 30, 1935 – February 13, 2017) was a U.S. politician from the state of South Dakota.
Early life and education
He was born in Presho, South Dakota, and attended Black Hills State College from 1952 to 1953. Roberts was a rancher. He died in a hospital in Pierre, South Dakota.
Political and movie career
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. 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.
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