Kristi Noem

Born:November 30, 1971 (age 48)
Career:South Dakota Governor, 2019-present
U.S. House of Representatives, 2011-2019
South Dakota House of Representatives, 2007-2010
Education:B.A., South Dakota State University

Kristi Noem was sworn in a governor of South Dakota on Jan. 5, 2019. Previously, Noem served as the U.S. representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district from 2011 to 2019.

Noem was born November 30, 1971, in Hamlin County in northeastern South Dakota. She attended Northern State University in Aberdeen; however, her father's death in a farming accident forced Noem to return to the ranch and work full time. While in Congress, she took classes at South Dakota State University and in 2011, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Prior to her 2010 election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Noem served on the South Dakota State Farm Agency State Committee, the Commission for Agriculture in the 21st Century, the South Dakota Soybean Association, and numerous other boards and committees. In the fall of 2006, Noem was elected as the 6th District representative to the South Dakota House of Representatives, a position she held until 2010. In her final year in the State House of Representatives, Noem served as the assistant majority leader.

For information on Noem's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on


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