This week’s Featured Member comes from the Mount Rushmore State. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) was born and raised in rural Hamlin County in northeastern South Dakota. She and her husband Bryon have three children: Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.
Noem served for four years in the South Dakota House of Representatives and was elected Assistant Majority Leader for her final year. She was elected to Congress in 2010 and serves on the Agriculture and Armed Services Committees.
By trade, Rep. Noem is a farmer, rancher, and small business owner. While in college, her father died unexpectedly in a farming accident, so Noem returned to the family farm to help stabilize the operation and provide help during this difficult time for her family. It was her experience at this small business that shaped her understanding of government and its purpose, and eventually led to her career in public service.
She enjoys helping her children compete in rodeo and 4-H, an organization in which she has served as a leader for 14 years. She is also an avid hunter, particularly pheasant hunting on the homestead and archery elk with her brothers.