Kristi Noem is to be South Dakota’s 33rd governor

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Republican Kristi Noem has won the gubernatorial election, making her the first woman to serve as governor in South Dakota.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard issued the following statement after the race was called:

“I congratulate Kristi Noem and Larry Rhoden on tonight’s election victory.  Kristi has been an excellent member of Congress and I know she will be a great governor.  Over the coming weeks, my administration will do everything we can to help the Governor-elect and her team prepare to take office on January 5.”

As governor-elect, alongside the newly-elected lieutenant governor, Larry Rhoden, Noem pledges to:

  • Address mental health resources
  • Veto efforts to increase taxes and prevent an income tax
  • Protect South Dakotans from federal intrusion
  • Cut regulations and simplify those that remain
  • Enhance tribal relations
  • Improve education’s impact
  • Fight human trafficking

Noem reflected about her father after the win.

“I grew up with a dad who worked hard every day to build a farm large enough for his kids to come home to, if we wanted. My dad didn’t make it to see today, but his dreams did. As much as he wanted us to carry on our family farm and ranch, what he really wanted was to give the next generation an opportunity to thrive. That dream serves as the foundation of my vision for South Dakota. I am incredibly grateful to the South Dakotans who have offered me their prayers and support. It’s time to come home, working as governor to build a more prosperous future where all our kids can live in communities that look out for one another and solve problems together.”

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