Kristi Lynn Noem(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-2801 (Main phone number)
Telephone:605-271-9232 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Watertown, SD
Undergraduate education: Northern State University
Undergraduate education: South Dakota State University
Undergraduate education: Mount Marty College
Kristi Noem born in Watertown, S.D., and was raised on her family's farm. She now resides in Castlewood. She attended Northern State University and South Dakota State University but did not earn a degree until nearly two decades after she dropped out of school in order to help on the family ranch after her father died. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from SDSU in 2012.
Noem owned and operated a hunting lodge and managed a restaurant owned by her mother.
She was elected to the South Dakota House in 2006. She was selected to be assistant majority leader after her re-election in 2008.
She was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
She and her husband, Bryon, have three children.
Kristi Noem won the 2012 Republican Party's nomination to seek a second term without opposition from within the GOP. She faces Democrat Matt Varilek, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, in the November general election for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat.
The South Dakota Democratic Party has criticized Noem for missing most of the House Agriculture Committee's meetings since she was appointed to the panel in June 2011, but Noem has called the allegations "hogwash." Noem said she serves on three committees and nine subcommittees, and the meetings sometimes overlap.
Noem says she has successfully represented South Dakota as a freshman lawmaker by fighting proposed federal rules that would have banned young people from working on farms and regulated dust on farms and ranches. She also said she has helped secure additional federal money to fight the infestation of mountain pine beetles killing trees in the Black Hills.
Varilek and other Democrats have criticized Noem for voting for Republican budget plans they contend would hurt Medicare. Noem counters that she is trying to save the program from going broke.
Noem is a conservative and has criticized Congress for deficit spending and excessive regulation of business.
In a June 2012 speech to the South Dakota Republican Party's state convention, said she and other GOP freshmen have started the process of cutting federal spending.
"Before, everyone was talking about how much more could we spend," she said. "We have changed that to how much do we need to cut, how much do we need to tighten our belt."
She has vowed to repeal the 2010 health care reform bill and to cut federal spending.
In 2010 Noem won a three-way Republican primary in on her way to defeating incumbent Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in the November election.
Noem first gained notice in the state Legislature in 2009 when she asked Senate Democratic Leader Scott Heidepriem whether he had a conflict of interest in sponsoring a measure that could lead to a casino in eastern South Dakota; his law firm represented an American Indian tribe in a lawsuit involving its casino.
Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Education and the Workforce; Natural Resources Committee
American Conservative Union Rating: 84
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 48% (2010).
(Last updated by Chet Brokaw on July 3, 2012.)