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 Congressional 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.

Despite having a reputation for opposing lockdowns and COVID tyranny, Noem only took this position after the South Dakota Legislature rejected her efforts to impose mandates. Furthermore, she has a record of aligning with big, leftist businesses over conservative priorities.[3][4]

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.[5]

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,[6][7][8] as well as several pro-life bills.[9] On March 20, 2019, Noem signed a bill into law protecting intellectual diversity on college campuses.[10] She also signed a bill requiring public schools to display the national motto "In God We Trust."[11] She did however refuse to sign a bill that would prohibit biological boys from competing in women's sports.[12] She later refused to sign a bill that would prohibit private companies from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, claiming that it would set a dangerous precedent for Democrats,[13] even though Ron DeSantis, a conservative Republican, had previously implemented similar policies in Florida.[14] She then responded to criticism from The Daily Wire host Matt Walsh, who called her a "standard, corporatist, establishment Republican" and claimed that her relative popularity on the right was almost exclusively due to her physical appearance,[15] by using leftist tactics against him on Twitter. She borrowed and further cut short a clip from Media Matters and accused Walsh of "horrible misogyny."[16] Walsh, for his part, subsequently accused Noem of "bow[ing] to the Chamber of Commerce, corporate interests, and the LGBT lobby."[17] He later stated that she was attempting to please the left by "attacking someone to the right of her."[18]

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.[19] Unlike Democrat governors such as New York's Andrew Cuomo, Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin's Tony Evers, she has also never imposed or enforced a face mask mandate on the people of South Dakota, stating that she did not want to approach such a mandate for the sake of making people "feel good",[20] as well as pointing out that she wanted to see science and data concerning mask wearing that would prove that doing so would slow the spread of the CCP flu pandemic,[21] which has actually shown not to be effective based on research into mask wearing.[22]

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.[23][24]


  3. Tennant, Michael (July 13, 2021). Noem Throws Stones at DeSantis, Forgetting Her Own Glass House. The New American. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  4. Hochman, Nate (September 15, 2021). Who Is Kristi Noem, Really? National Review. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  5. Kristi Noem: Another Republican Fundraising Star is Born, Dakota Voice, October 12, 2010
  6. Hawkins, Awr (January 31, 2019). SD Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Bill to End Concealed Carry Permit Requirement. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  7. Gstalter, Morgan (January 31, 2019). South Dakota governor signs law to allow concealed handguns without a permit. The Hill. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  8. Byas, Steve (July 3, 2019). Constitutional Carry Now Law in South Dakota. The New American. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  9. 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.
  10. Multiple references:
  11. Multiple references:
  18. Governor Kristi Noem Is Offended By My 'Horrible Misogyny' | Ep. 784
  19. Multiple references:
  20. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem explains stance on mask mandate, won't enforce 'to make people feel good' at Fox News
  21. Noem firm on no mask mandate
  22. A Self-Help Kit on How to Demand Tyrannical Governors Stop Unconstitutional and Unhealthy Mask Mandates at the Gateway Pundit

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