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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Kristi L. Noem (Republican Party) is the Governor of South Dakota. She assumed office in 2019. Her current term ends on January 3, 2023.

Noem (Republican Party) ran for election for Governor of South Dakota. She won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

She was the first woman to hold the office of South Dakota governor. She ran on a joint ticket with the lieutenant gubernatorial nominee, Larry Rhoden (R).

Noem is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She represented South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District from 2011 to 2019. She is also a former member of the South Dakota House of Representatives. She represented District 6 from 2007 to 2010 and served as Assistant Majority Leader.

Noem attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, but she left school to run the family farm and ranch after her father died unexpectedly in a farming accident. While serving in Congress, she returned to school, enrolling in South Dakota State University, and earned a B.A. in political science in December 2011. Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Noem was a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Noem's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2019-present: Governor of South Dakota
  • 2011-2019: U.S. Representative from South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District
  • 2007-2010: South Dakota House of Representatives

Caucuses/Former Committees

Member, Commission for Agriculture in the 21st Century

Member, Commission for Limited Resource Producers in Washington, District of Columbia

Former Member, Human Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Tax Policy, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Trade, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives

Education

  • Attended, Mount Marty College, Watertown
  • BA, Political Science, South Dakota State University, 2011
  • Attended, Northern State University, 1990-1992

Political Experience

  • Attended, Mount Marty College, Watertown
  • BA, Political Science, South Dakota State University, 2011
  • Attended, Northern State University, 1990-1992
  • Governor, State of South Dakota, 2019-present
  • Former Assistant Majority Leader, South Dakota State House of Representatives
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2010-2019
  • Candidate, Governor of South Dakota, 2018
  • Representative, South Dakota State House of Representatives, 2006-2010

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Commission for Agriculture in the 21st Century

Member, Commission for Limited Resource Producers in Washington, District of Columbia

Former Member, Human Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Tax Policy, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Trade, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Mount Marty College, Watertown
  • BA, Political Science, South Dakota State University, 2011
  • Attended, Northern State University, 1990-1992
  • Governor, State of South Dakota, 2019-present
  • Former Assistant Majority Leader, South Dakota State House of Representatives
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2010-2019
  • Candidate, Governor of South Dakota, 2018
  • Representative, South Dakota State House of Representatives, 2006-2010
  • President, 4-H Leaders Association, Hamlin County, present
  • Member, Air Force Association, present
  • Member, Congressional Farmer Cooperative, present
  • Member, Improvement Project Committee, Derby Downs, present
  • Treasurer/Board Member, South Dakota Soybean Association, present
  • Member, South Dakota State Farm Agency State Committee, present
  • Former Member, Rodeo Committee, Watertown High School

Other Info

— Awards:

  • South Dakota Outstanding Young Farmer, 1997

South Dakota Snow Queen, 1990

Young Leader Award, State of South Dakota, 2003

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Hunting, Raising Cattle and Horses

Policy Positions
Pro-life Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Americans recognize that H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, needs to be passed, and it needs to be done because it is the right thing to do. I've always been pro-life. I believe as a lawmaker I have a duty to protect those that are the most vulnerable." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796105/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.VYmc0nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am, and always have been pro life." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/511312/issue-position-protecting-life#.VjvRtWwViko (votesmart.org)
No Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rather than increasing your taxes, it begins to lay the groundwork for a fairer and simpler tax code that could lower your annual tax bill, enabling you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars at home instead of in Washingtonâ??s pockets." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=B2A1DCBA-0B55-4B61-B4FC-E8D043ADF0C3 (www.noem.house.gov)
  • "We must end the unfair death tax that is especially hard on family-owned farms, ranches and small businesses and reduce marginal tax rates that families and small businesses pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555565/issue-position-taxes-and-spending/?search=tax%20rate#.VjvSbWwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Two years later, the so-called stimulus can be labeled as nothing other than a failure. We are further in debt and we have yet another example of how government spending cannot create private sector jobs over the long term [â?¦]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/590596/noem-2-years-later-stimulus-still-wrong-approach/?search=Stimulus#.VjvTMWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "With that in mind, the House budget would eliminate $5.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, allowing us to balance the budget in that time. Those are big cuts, but thatâ??s whatâ??s necessary to create economic opportunity, achieve genuine accountability and make the bold choices that are necessary to get more control over this budget." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=85B0C5C1-6043-4860-8E31-619D99F654F6 (www.noem.house.gov)
Yes Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Rather than increasing your taxes, it begins to lay the groundwork for a fairer and simpler tax code that could lower your annual tax bill, enabling you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars at home instead of in Washingtonâ??s pockets." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=B2A1DCBA-0B55-4B61-B4FC-E8D043ADF0C3 (www.noem.house.gov)
  • "To give them the certainty they need, we need to overhaul our entire tax code and bring it into the 21st century. Let's lower the rates so that we can compete in the global marketplace, broaden the tax base, and eliminate the special interest loopholes that benefit Wall Street at our expense." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921447/issue-position-getting-our-economy-back-on-track/?search=loophole#.VjvUVmwViko (votesmart.org)
No Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Iâ??ve always believed that decisions are best made at the local level â?? and this includes decisions relating to our education system. Recently, the House voted to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind. The Student Success Act, which I supported, will restore local control, support effective teachers, reduce the federal footprint and empower parents." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=D9451D27-8F6E-4568-81F3-AB3EFB837AD8 (noem.house.gov)
  • "In 2013, I supported the House in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act â?? commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind â?? with some changes. Those changes included restoring local control, supporting effective teachers, reducing the federal footprint and empowering parents." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/education (noem.house.gov)
  • "I will support efforts to protect local control and minimize intrusion from the federal government. If elected to Congress I will be a voice for South Dakota's rural school districts and their unique needs. We know that top-down federal programs designed for downtown Chicago school districts might not work as well in rural South Dakota." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/555576/issue-position-improving-education#.VYsD5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With thousands of jobs on the line â?? including many in South Dakota, Iâ??ve voted repeatedly to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/energy (noem.house.gov)
  • "Further delaying Keystone XL would deprive South Dakota of good jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for cash-strapped counties, and relief for the roads and rails that are currently crowded with oil transit. I am committed to doing all I can to see this pipeline through â?? no matter the legislative hurdles we have to cross to accomplish that."http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=12292AEB-0A61-434C-A0DC-EF695A5B4A06 (www.noem.house.gov)
Yes Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Thatâ??s why I support an all-of-the-above approach that includes natural gas, wind, ethanol, clean coal, renewable energies, and domestic oil." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/energy (noem.house.gov)
  • "Iâ??m proud to have led efforts in the House to extend tax credits for wind energy." http://www.noem.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ContentRecord_id=10D1F925-6934-4C98-BF9B-6E0DFED4E16F (www.noem.house.gov)
No Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Earlier this month, the Western Caucus, which is a group of like-minded Members of Congress from Western states, introduced a plan entitled the 'The Western Caucus Jobs Frontier.' [â?¦] Specifically the Jobs Frontier Plan focuses on [â?¦] Eliminating "Cap and Trade" Energy Tax Regulations" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638387/weekly-column-a-jobs-plan-for-the-west-by-the-west/?search=cap%20and%20trade#.VjvVtGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The bipartisan letter urges the Agency to provide at least a 120-day comment period. The new regulations are expected to place greater restrictions on the amount of carbon dioxide coal plants can release into the atmosphere each year. This would be the first regulations on greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/876536/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-environmental-protection-agency-administrator-get-more-feedback-on-greenhouse-gas-proposal#.VYmk13UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Many canâ??t afford to pay more, but under a proposed EPA greenhouse gas rule that targets the coal industry, costs could increase by $17 billion nationwide. Iâ??ve fought these regulations and been vocal about the fact that taking resources like coal and oil out of the equation without a viable replacement puts our stable and reliable electricity system at risk." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/energy (noem.house.gov)
No Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Under no circumstances should ATF adopt a standard that would ban ammunition that is overwhelmingly used by law-abiding Americans for legitimate purposes. Like many hunters and sportsmen across the country, I am relieved the ATF has withdrawn this inappropriate proposal from the Obama administration."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974118/after-pointed-questions-from-noem-and-others-atf-retracts-ammunition-ban-proposal#.VYmjcHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I wanted to come to the floor today, because I wanted to talk about how the Constitution guarantees us the individual's right to keep and bear arms. That's why I strongly support the Second Amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/781913/second-amendment-rights#.VYmjPnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support this bill, which would repeal the President's health care law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721195/repeal-of-obamacare-act/?search=obamacare#.VjvXImwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Hundreds of South Dakotans have contacted my office with concerns about the Affordable Care Act [â?¦] That's why I've been working on a replacement: the American Health Care Reform Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1009833/issue-position-health-care/?search=obamacare#.VjvXVGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "It is not enough, however, to just repeal Obamacare. Now is the time to cure our healthcare system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/825596/noem-supports-new-alternative-to-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.VjvWXGwViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Illegal immigration must come to and end. Since the federal government has failed in its leadership on this issue it is not surprising that states have stepped up and are working to enforce the law and secure the border. The last thing the federal government should do is stand in their way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/531769/kristi-noem-supports-measure-to-enforce-immigration-laws#.VYm1V3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Without leadership from this administration to curb the crisis on our southern border, I believed it was important that Congress put forward a targeted package that secures our border, creates streamlined systems to send those who have crossed illegally back to their home countries faster, and establishes reformed policies to prevent further crises." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/912642/newsletter-a-plan-to-secure-our-southern-border#.VYm0bHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am a strong supporter of protecting traditional marriage and family. The American people, through their elected representatives, have defined marriage as union between one man and one woman. I will continue to support preserving traditional family values and vote to protect them." http://www.johnthune.com/news/post/thune-remains-opposed-to-gay-marriage/ (www.johnthune.com)
  • "The American people, through their elected representatives, have defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I will continue to support preserving traditional family values and vote to protect them." http://noem.house.gov/index.cfm/family (noem.house.gov)
Yes National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?

Vote Smart's Research

  • "They remain a key partner as we've worked to defeat the terrorism of ISIL, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and affiliate groups. [â?¦] We live in a dangerous world, but Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood. America cannot turn our back on our ally in times of peace -- and certainly, not in times of heightened threats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974097/weekly-column-cherishing-freedom-and-offering-hope/?search=isil#.VjvaBGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. [â?¦] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "Time and time again, America has shown that we are a strong nation of resilient people. It shouldn't take a tragedy to bring us together. This anniversary, however, should remind us that we can band together, that we have done so in the past and that we will continue to do so going forward--not just on 9/11, but every day." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/638393/weekly-column-remembering-september-11th#.VYsFLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our B-1's are serving a mission-critical role as the United States takes on ISIL and other major threats. The airmen flying those bombers and other military aircraft ought to have a training complex that can sufficiently prepare them for success in the field." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974407/kelo-radio-sd-delegation-reacts-to-powder-river-expansion/?search=isil#.VjvZumwViko (votesmart.org)
No Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

Vote Smart's Research

  • " I oppose privatizing Social Security. To this end I have signed a pledge vowing to protect Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/921452/issue-position-fighting-for-south-dakota-seniors/?search=South%20Dakota%20seniors%20have%20put%20in%20a%20lifetime%20of%20hard%20work#.VjvbnGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • ""Seniors have worked hard and paid into the system and as South Dakota's next U.S. Representative I will protect Social Security for those in retirement and nearing retirement. I will oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security. For younger workers we need to look for bipartisan solutions that will keep the program solvent." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/544881/#.VYm1w3UViko (votesmart.org)
Congress Bills
Elections

2018

General election
General election for Governor of South Dakota

Kristi L. Noem defeated Billie Sutton and Kurt Evans in the general election for Governor of South Dakota on November 6, 2018.

Kristi L. Noem (R)
51.0%
172,912 Votes

Billie Sutton (D)
47.6%
161,454 Votes

Kurt Evans (L)
1.4%
4,848 Votes

Total votes: 339,214
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Governor of South Dakota

Billie Sutton advanced from the Democratic primary for Governor of South Dakota on June 5, 2018.

Billie Sutton

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Governor of South Dakota

Kristi L. Noem defeated Marty J. Jackley in the Republican primary for Governor of South Dakota on June 5, 2018.

Kristi L. Noem
56.0%
57,598 Votes

Marty J. Jackley
44.0%
45,174 Votes

Total votes: 102,772

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

  • CJ Abernathey (L)
  • Terry Lee Lafleur (R)


2016

rated South Dakota's U.S. House race as safely Republican. Incumbent Kristi Noem (R) defeated Paula Hawks (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Neither candidate faced a primary opponent in June.

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem Incumbent 64.1% 237,163
Democratic Paula Hawks 35.9% 132,810
Total Votes 369,973
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State

2014

U.S. House, South Dakota's At-Large District General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem Incumbent 66.5% 183,834
Democratic Corinna Robinson 33.5% 92,485
Total Votes 276,319
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State

2012

In 2012, Noem was re-elected to the U.S. Congress, representing South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District.

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem Incumbent 57.4% 207,640
Democratic Matt Varilek 42.6% 153,789
Total Votes 361,429
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


2008

On November 4, 2008, Noem won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in the Sixth District. She defeated Cynthia Johnson (D). Also elected to District 6 was Brock Greenfield (R).

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 6

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kristi Noem (R) 6,173 41.3%
Green check mark transparent.png Brock Greenfield (R) 5,022 33.6%
Cynthia Johnson (D) 3738 25.0%

2006

On November 4, 2006, Noem was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives, District 6. She defeated Jason Soren (D). Also elected to District 6 was Paul Nelson (R).

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 6

Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kristi Noem (R) 5,294 39.03%
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Nelson (R) 5,106 37.65%
Jason Soren (D) 3,163 25.0%
Speeches
Articles

Argus Leader - The protests served their purpose, but now it's time to problem solve

Jun. 5, 2020

By Kristi Noem Protests have a purpose. People protest when they feel like they're not being heard. For the last week, we've seen countless protests because of what happened to George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis police. Personally, I couldn't even make it through the video of his death because it was so gut-wrenching. There is no one that thinks that what happened to George Floyd was okay. The protests have served their purpose. The question before us now is: What do we want policing to look like going forward? That's at all levels -- city, county, and state. There's no governor in America that has trusted their people to make the right choices more than I have these last several months. And there's no governor in America more willing to work with her people to find solutions to our problems -- be that policing or otherwise. It's time to problem solve. Policing is largely a state and local issue -- the vast majority of police officers are local, not federal, and the laws they enforce are local, not federal. If we want to change the nature of policing, South Dakota must take the lead on that ourselves. In America, the street doesn't settle or resolve this policing question, or any other public policy question. Rather, it's the hard work of study, review, debate, negotiation, and accommodation. Then, we decide what is the best action. One-liners on social media aren't the answer. People need to ask themselves: What are the facts? What are the consequences? What can history teach us? Our American political system is deliberative, so we must take the time to do the hard work of looking at these things from all angles. One thing I have noticed about public discourse in America today is the immediacy of it all. Social media and the internet have made it easy to communicate quickly -- instantly, in fact. That's a great tool, but it has also made it easy to communicate thoughtlessly. In the race to be heard, too many of us have given up trying to make an argument. Instead, we compete to see who can shout the loudest. America is a place where all voices can be heard. Free speech is one of our most fundamental rights. I see legitimate protests raising important concerns, and I hear those concerns. But I also see violent actors who are trying to do an end-run around public discourse. They want to intimidate and silence opposing views. They want to short-cut public debate through fear. They want to make people scared. This is un-American. The biggest lesson I've learned when tackling public policy issues is that there's no institution more important than the family. We are blessed with great families in South Dakota and in America. Whatever your family looks like, make sure you're a strong family. I say that because what's been taking place across our country shows that some of our families need a lot more attention. Parents need to know if their kids are out throwing rocks at cops. Brothers and sisters need to know if their siblings are looting and vandalizing businesses. Grandparents need to know if their grandkids are intentionally trying to destroy our way of life. Violence is never the answer. Violence will not be tolerated by me, and it should not be tolerated by you. We have an opportunity to be better. But that requires us to be bold, to respect one another, listen to each other, and work together on our path forward.

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Events

2020

Oct. 24
Governor Noem's Sportsmen's Concert presented by Sanford Health

Sat 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM CDT

Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Sioux Falls, SD

Jan. 6
Inaugural Worship Service with Governor Noem

Sun 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST

South Dakota State Capitol Pierre, SD

Nov. 12
All in for South Dakota Rally - Rapid City

Mon 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MST

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza Rapid City, SD