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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2801

Address: 1323 LHOB, DC 20515

Websites: noem.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (605) 275-2868

Address: 300 North Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls SD 57104

Watertown SD

Phone: (605) 878-2868

Fax: (605) 878-2871

Address: 818 South Broadway, Watertown SD 57201

Rapid City SD

Phone: (605) 791-4673

Fax: (605) 791-4679

Address: 343 Quincy Street, Rapid City SD 57701-3797

Aberdeen SD

Phone: (605) 262-2862

Fax: (605) 262-2869

Address: 415 South Main Street, Aberdeen SD 57401-4304

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Kristi Noem Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: South Dakota
  • Born: Nov. 30, 1971, Watertown
  • Home: Castlewood
  • Education:

    SD St. U., B.A. 2012; attended Northern St. U., Mount Marty Col.

  • Professional Career:

    Farmer, rancher.

  • Political Career:

    SD House, 2007-2010.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Protestant

  • Family: Married (Bryon); 3 children

Republican Kristi Noem prevailed in one of the most closely followed races of 2010 by eking out a win over Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. A conservative and telegenic outdoorswoman, Noem often is compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but she avoids Palin’s incendiary rhetoric. Read More

Republican Kristi Noem prevailed in one of the most closely followed races of 2010 by eking out a win over Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. A conservative and telegenic outdoorswoman, Noem often is compared to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but she avoids Palin’s incendiary rhetoric.

Noem (NOME) was born in Hamlin County, S.D., and graduated from high school there. She attended college but came home to help run the family farm after her father died in a fall into a grain bin while trying to unclog a feeder line, an accident that she discussed in her first campaign ad. An avid hunter of elk, pheasant, and other game, Noem later owned a hunting lodge and also worked a variety of jobs, including a stint as a restaurant manager. When she was elected to Congress, the 38-year-old Noem raised Angus cattle and quarter horses on a ranch she shared with her husband, Bryon.

After developing an interest in conservative causes, Noem ran for the South Dakota House and narrowly won in 2006. She established herself as a forceful figure in the legislature, earning her GOP colleagues’ respect when she questioned a Democratic state senator’s sponsorship of a bill to expand casino-style gambling in the state while the senator’s law firm was representing an American Indian tribe. She was quickly promoted to assistant majority leader.

Noem said she decided to challenge Herseth Sandlin in February 2010 after becoming disenchanted with rising federal spending and the ballooning national debt. In the GOP primary, two-term Secretary of State Chris Nelson had more name recognition and experience, and state Rep. Blake Curd raised more money. But Noem, who emphasized that she didn’t plan to make politics a career, struck a chord with voters. One of them told The Washington Post, “She’s the mama grizzly that we hope for.” Despite the comparisons to Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Noem regularly resisted such labeling and said she didn’t want the Alaskan’s help on the campaign trail. She also talked more about South Dakota issues than national matters. Noem won the June primary with 42%, to Nelson’s 35% and Curd’s 23%.

After her victory, Noem began collecting substantial campaign contributions from out-of-state Republican interests, enabling her to out-raise Herseth Sandlin in the early part of the campaign. She also drew campaign help from operatives associated with Sen. John Thune, a popular Republican who toppled Democrat Tom Daschle in 2004 when Daschle was the Senate minority leader. Outside conservative groups poured about $2 million into the race, more than three times what Herseth Sandlin collected from outside Democratic groups. Noem sought to tie her opponent to liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and promised to cut spending and help small businesses create jobs.

Herseth Sandlin, a leader of the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conservative House Democrats who had won her last two elections with more than 70% of the vote, touted her credentials as a moderate who opposed Pelosi on several high-profile measures, including the health care overhaul. She played down her party affiliation, leaving it out of her campaign literature entirely. The incumbent did receive help from the state’s Democratic Party, which sought to make an issue of Noem’s 20 speeding tickets and other traffic violations over two decades—a sore point in a state where GOP Rep. Bill Janklow resigned in 2004 after he ran a stop sign and killed a motorcyclist. Herseth Sandlin succeeded Janklow. Noem was ticketed three times for stop-sign violations and once for driving 94 mph in a 75 mph zone; she also received six notices for failing to appear in court. She responded to the criticism by saying that she is not proud of her driving record and is working to be a better example to young drivers.

The issue seemed to matter little to voters: Noem won 48%-46%, with independent B. Thomas Marking drawing 6%. Herseth Sandlin was competitive in many rural counties and took Sioux Falls-based Minnehaha County, which cast the largest number of votes, 50%-45%. But Noem won neighboring Lincoln County 52%-43% and Pennington County, which includes Rapid City, 58%-37%.

In Washington, Noem was named one of two freshman class representatives to the GOP leadership. She joined fellow GOP freshman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee in leading an effort in 2011 against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate dust as part of air quality standards, arguing it would hurt farmers and ranchers. She joined her party in backing a budget that eliminated an Agriculture Department flood control program, but later requested federal disaster aid to cope with South Dakota’s spring flooding—a move that led state Democrats to accuse her of hypocrisy. She worked on other issues of local interest, including a measure to transfer ownership of nine cemeteries in the Black Hills from the federal government to the communities that have managed them. It passed the House in 2012 but the Senate didn’t take it up, and she reintroduced it in 2013.

Noem became a favorite with activists on the right, drawing a cheer at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2011 when she declared, “A lot of us freshmen don’t have a whole lot of knowledge, necessarily, about the way that Washington, D.C., is operated. And, frankly, we don’t really care.” Though she voted mostly in accordance with the Republican leadership’s wishes, she made sure to distance herself from them at times. At a December 2012 town hall meeting, she told voters that she understood their anger toward House Speaker John Boehner for striking a deal with the Obama White House on taxes and spending to avoid a so-called “fiscal cliff.” She said, “What bothers me is that we don’t get out there and tell the American people that the House has already passed these bills that extended all the tax rates.”

Herseth Sandlin declined a rematch with Noem in 2012, and her opponent became Democrat Matt Varilek, a former aide to Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson. Varilek impressed local observers by raising close to $1 million and hitting Noem on missing Agriculture Committee hearings. Still, Noem raised $2.8 million and won by a comfortable if not totally dominant 57%-43%.

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Kristi Noem Election Results
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2012 General
Kristi Noem (R)
Votes: 207,640
Percent: 57.45%
Matt Varilek (D)
Votes: 153,789
Percent: 42.55%
2012 Primary
Kristi Noem (R)
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Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (48%)
Kristi Noem Votes and Bills
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Economic 40 (L) : 60 (C) 37 (L) : 62 (C) 18 (L) : 79 (C)
Social 13 (L) : 84 (C) 14 (L) : 85 (C) 31 (L) : 65 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 27.5 (L) : 72.5 (C) 18.8 (L) : 81.2 (C) 27.0 (L) : 73.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9066
LCV146
CFG6064
ITIC-82
NTU7070
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ACLU-0
ACU8484
ADA00
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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