Kristi Noem is a leader consistently challenging the status quo and working hard to make South Dakota stronger for the next generation.
Kristi grew up on a farm and ranch in Hamlin County, South Dakota. From the time she could walk, she worked beside her dad on the ranch and especially enjoyed working with horses and cattle.
In college, Kristi married Bryon Noem, another farm kid from Hamlin County. Together, they have operated a farm and ranch, opened a hunting lodge, helped manage a family restaurant, owned an insurance agency and pursued numerous other business ventures.
In 2006, Kristi was elected to serve her hometown and surrounding district as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, and in 2010, she earned the opportunity to serve as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kristi's common-sense values were quickly noticed in Washington. In her eight years in the nation's capital, Kristi played a key role in writing and passing historic tax cut legislation that put $2,400 back in the pockets of South Dakota families. Additionally, she successfully helped negotiate two Farm Bills, helped pass legislation to combat human trafficking and helped triple the size of the Black Hills Veterans Cemetery.
Now serving as South Dakota's 33rd governor, Kristi is focused on bringing in South Dakota's next big industry in order to create high-paying technology careers. She is working to strengthen families. She is committed to enhancing education, advancing agriculture, combating the meth epidemic, and bolstering mental health resources. Her approach to the role is simple - be the most connected governor our state has ever had.
Kristi often says that her greatest accomplishment is raising three children who love the Lord, love their family, and know how to work hard. Kassidy recently married Kyle and works in South Dakota as an appraiser. Kennedy graduated from South Dakota State University in 2018 and works in Pierre. Booker is a senior at Hamlin County High School.
To keep up with Kristi's work as governor, visit her Facebook page.