Kristi Noem

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Kristi Noem
Governor of South Dakota
From: January 5, 2019 – present
Predecessor Larry Rhoden
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from South Dakota's At-large District
From: January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2019
Predecessor Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
Successor Dusty Johnson
South Dakota House of Representatives, 6th District
From: January 9, 2007 – January 11, 2011
Predecessor Art Fryslie
Successor Burt Tulson
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Bryon Noem
Religion Evangelical[1]

Kristi Lynn Noem (born November 30, 1971) is the pro-life, movement conservative governor of South Dakota, serving since January 5, 2019. Previously, she served as the Republican representative for the United States House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019. Noem was first elected in 2010, defeating incumbent Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Right before being elected to Congress, she served as the Assistant Majority Leader[2] while representing the 6th district in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives

2010 campaign

Noem became a fundraising star for the GOP, raising more campaign cash than any other Republican challenger for U.S. House.[3]

My experiences as a wife, mother, farmer, rancher, small business owner, and South Dakotan have taught me fundamental truths that will ensure I will remain steadfast in my resolve to do the people’s will.

Governor of South Dakota

In 2019, Noem signed a bill into law establishing constitutional carry,[4][5][6] as well as several pro-life bills.[7] On March 20, 2019, Noem signed a bill into law protecting intellectual diversity on college campuses.[8] She also signed a bill requiring public schools to display the national motto "In God We Trust."[9]

Coronavirus response

Despite the impact that the coronavirus outbreak had on South Dakota, Gov. Noem refused to enact a stay-at-home order, correctly pointing out the nonsensical arguments backing it, as well as asserting the importance of protecting individual liberties and freedom.[10]

Personal life

Noem is a rancher, a mother of three, and a hunter. She and her family lives on a ranch where they raise Angus cattle and show Quarter Horses. Noem has worked the family farm for 17 years, owned and operated a hunting operation, and helped manage the family restaurant.[11][12]


  3. Kristi Noem: Another Republican Fundraising Star is Born, Dakota Voice, October 12, 2010
  4. Hawkins, Awr (January 31, 2019). SD Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Bill to End Concealed Carry Permit Requirement. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  5. Gstalter, Morgan (January 31, 2019). South Dakota governor signs law to allow concealed handguns without a permit. The Hill. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. Byas, Steve (July 3, 2019). Constitutional Carry Now Law in South Dakota. The New American. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  7. Freiburger, Calvin (March 21, 2019). South Dakota governor signs multiple pro-life laws including ultrasound requirement, end-of-life parental involvement. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
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