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Kristi L. Noem
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U.S. House, South Dakota
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorStephanie Herseth Sandlin (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2014
Campaign $$2,811,273
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Dakota House of Representatives
High schoolHamlin High School
Bachelor'sSouth Dakota State University (in-progress)
OtherNorthern State University & Mount Marty College (did not earn degree)
BirthdayNovember 30, 1971
Place of birthWatertown, South Dakota
ProfessionRancher, Farmer
Net worth$105,003
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Office website
Campaign website
Kristi L. Noem (b. November 30, 1971, in Watertown, South Dakota) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Dakota. Noem was first elected by voters from South Dakota's at-large congressional district in 2010. She won re-election in 2012.

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Noem was a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Noem is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Noem's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Noem serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces


Noem served on the following committees:[3]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry[4]
  • Education and the Workforce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
    • Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education[5]
  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power[6]

South Dakota House of Representatives


Prior to leaving the South Dakota House of Representatives, Noem served on the following committees:


South Dakota House of Representatives

Bills Sponsored

  • HB 1168 - Require children to attend school until age sixteen rather than age eighteen.
  • HB 1202 - Require the director of equalization to use certain factors and adjustments to assess agricultural land and to allow the Department of Revenue and Regulation to assess certain agricultural land.
  • HB 1203 - Provide for the regulation of acupuncturists.
  • HB 1263 - Revise certain provisions relating to the terms of wind easements and wind energy leases.
  • HJR 1006 - Proposing a constitutional amendment to revise the legislative vote required to impose, increase, or authorize taxes.
  • SB 89 - Exempt from federal regulation any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in South Dakota.
  • SB 91 - Require legislative approval of certain gaming compacts with Indian tribes.
  • SB 106 - Authorize the Board of Regents and the Building Authority to contract for construction of classroom facilities at the University Center in Sioux Falls to replace facilities leased from the Sioux Falls School District, and to make an appropriation therefore.
  • SB 172 - Revise the definition for environmental upgrades used to provide a property tax exemption for coal-fired power plants.
  • SJR 7 - Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election an amendment to Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota relating to school districts expending public funds to support certain lawsuits against the State of South Dakota.

Bills Co-Sponsored

For a complete list of bills co-sponsored by Kristi Noem, click here.


Campaign themes


Noems's campaign site listed her positions across a number of issues: "America was built by people who longed for freedom, believed in individual responsibility and knew that government should serve the people - not the other way around. It is still true today, that the best government is the government that governs least." [7]

Noem specifically mentioned the following issues as important to her candidacy:

  • Taxes and Spending
Excerpt: "The federal government has become large, intrusive and inefficient. This excessive growth is a direct threat to our liberty and to our values of individual responsibility and free enterprise. If elected to Congress, I will fight to protect our freedom and turn back the reach of government that is expanding deeper into our lives."
  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "Individual initiative and free enterprise will bring our economy back. Higher taxes and more regulations will slow down the recovery. The needless pork projects and the bailouts that the politicians tell us create jobs really just divert money from private sector job creators into government programs..."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Putting the federal government between patients and their doctor is not the answer. If elected to Congress, I will support efforts to fully repeal the health care bill. If full repeal is not possible right away, then we must pursue other options to diminish its effect."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "The Constitution guarantees the individual’s right to keep and bear arms. I am strong supporter of the Second Amendment. "
  • Protecting Life
Excerpt: "I am, and always have been, pro life. From the miracle of conception to a dignified death, life is precious and should be protected. The federal government has no business forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions. If elected to Congress, I will maintain a 100% pro-life voting record."
  • Retirement Security
Excerpt: "South Dakota seniors have put in a lifetime of hard work. They have paid into the system and we have the responsibility to make sure their retirement safety net is there as promised. I will work to protect Social Security for those in retirement and nearing retirement. I oppose privatizing Social Security."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Noem voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]


  • Traffic Record: In the past 21 years, Noem has received 27 traffic citations, 17 of which are for speeding. Noem's last ticket reported her traveling 94mph in 75mph zone. Arrest warrants were issued for Noem for failure to appear in court in connection with her traffic tickets. However, local officials cite recent changes in ticket procedure as a possible cause of misunderstanding. Noem has since apologized and settled her fines with the city.[9]



In 2012, Noem was re-elected to the U.S. Congress, representing South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District.[10]

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matt Varilek 42.6% 153,789
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem Incumbent 57.4% 207,640
Total Votes 361,429
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


On November 4, 2008, Noem won re-election to the South Dakota House of Representatives in the Sixth District, defeating Cynthia Johnson (D). Also elected to District 6 was Brock Greenfield (R). [12]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 6
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Kristi Noem (R) 6,173 41.3%
Green check mark transparent.png Brock Greenfield (R) 5,022 33.6%
Cynthia Johnson (D) 3738 25.0%


On November 4, 2006, Noem was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives, District 6, defeating opponent Jason Soren (D). Also elected to District 6 was Paul Nelson (R).[13]

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 6
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Kristi Noem (R) 5,294 39.03%
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Nelson (R) 5,106 37.65%
Jason Soren (D) 3,163 25.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Noem is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Noem raised a total of $2,811,273 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[14]

Kristi Noem's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Dakota, at-large district) Won $2,811,273
Grand Total Raised $2,811,273


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Noem's reports.[15]

Kristi Noem (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]4/12/2013$133,794.94$269,844.23$(116,425.03)$287,214.14
July Quarterly[17]7/15/2013$287,214.14$383,353.91$(144,615.23)$525,952.82
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Noem's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Noem won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Noem's campaign committee raised a total of $2,811,274 and spent $2,688,180.[18]

Cost per vote

Noem spent $12.95 per vote received in 2012.


Noem won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Noem's campaign committee raised a total of $2,295,249 and spent $2,284,548.[19]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, South Dakota Congressional At-large District Election, 2010 - Kristi Noem Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,295,249
Total Spent $2,284,548
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,086,660
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,180,569
Top contributors to Kristi Noem's campaign committee
Sanford Health$19,000
Wall Drug$18,800
Peterson Management$9,600
Republican Party of South Dakota$7,400
Wilson Trailer Co$7,300
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$110,265
Leadership PACs$98,650
Lawyers/Law Firms$69,168
Securities & Investment$59,640

In her 2010 congressional campaign, Noem's campaign reported over 1.1 million in contributions. [20] Election Commission data, less updated, reported that Noem has raised $577,131 for her 2010 election campaign. Of these funds, $525,165 came from individual contributions, $32,650 came from PACs or other non-party committees, and $6000 came from party committees. Noem contributed $13,262 to her campaign. [21]

  • For detailed data on individual contributions to Kristi Noem, click here.
  • For detailed data on committee and PAC contributions to Kristi Noem, click here.


In the 2008 election, Noem raised a total of $10,934.[22]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
South Dakota Corn Growers Association $1,500
Virchow, Frank $500
Northwestern Energy $300
South Dakota Republican Party $300
South Dakota Telecommunications Association $300


In the 2006 election, Noem raised a total of $22,904. [23]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Noem, Kristi $1,639
South Dakota Education Association $1,250
Rapid City Action CMTE $1,000
Oscar Anderson South Dakota Freedom Fund $500
Bergan, Alf $500


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[24]

Noem most often votes with:

Noem least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Noem is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 24, 2013.[25]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Noem missed 41 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Noem paid her congressional staff a total of $772,075 in 2011. Overall, South Dakota ranks 48th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Noem's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$464,992 and $674,999. That averages to $105,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth decreased by 193.76% from 2010.[28]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Noem's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-643,990 to $419,998, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[29]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Noem ranked 73rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[30]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Noem was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 129th in the conservative rankings.[31]

Percentage voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kristi L. Noem has voted with the Republican Party 96.7% of the time, which ranked 90th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[32]


Kristi L. Noem is married to Bryon. They have 3 children.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. House "Noem," Accessed June 24, 2013
  2., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Kristi Noem, Representative from South Dakota "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. House Committee on Agriculture "Committees and Caucuses"
  5. Education & The Workforce Committee, Congressman John Kline, Chairman "Members, Subcommittees, & Jurisdictions"
  6. Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Doc Hastings "Subcommittee on Water and Power"
  7. Campaign Site, Issues
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Rapid City Journal, "Noem apologizes for traffic citations," September 5, 2010.
  10. South Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. 2008 Official Election Results
  13. 2006 Official Election Results
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Kristi Noem," Accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Noem 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  16. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  17. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Noem Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Kristi L. Noem 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  20. Sioux Falls Argus Leader, "Kristi Noem tops spending race," October 12, 2010
  21. Federal Election Commission - 2010 contributions to Kristi Noem
  22. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  23. Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
  24. OpenCongress, "Kristi Noem," Accessed August 6, 2013
  25. Gov Track "Kristi Noem," Accessed June 24, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Noem," Accessed April 10, 2013
  27. LegiStorm, "Kristi Lynn Noem," Accessed September 18, 2012
  28., "Noem (R-SD), 2011"
  29., "Kristi Lynn Noem (R-SD), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  30. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
U.S. House of Representatives - South Dakota, At-large District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
South Dakota House of Representatives - District 6
Succeeded by
Brock Greenfield, Burt Tulson