Congresswoman Kristi Noem

Lori Walsh

President Donald Trump made his first appearance in South Dakota today. He stopped in Sioux Falls for a private fundraising event in support of U.S. Representative Kristi Noem’s bid for South Dakota Governor. 

Air Force One touched down at the Sioux Falls Airport shortly after 3 p.m. A group of about 50 supporters greeted the president, who shook a few hands before heading to the motorcade.

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Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she has been forever changed by the time she has spent with children in Indian Country who say they have lost all hope.

The candidate for South Dakota governor spoke at the Black Hills Press Club and Forum. SDPB's Kevin Woster was there.

He writes about Congresswoman Noem's tribal-relations proposal on his blog


A new White House nominee to head the Veterans Administration means uncertainty for the future of the Hot Springs facility.

That decision could be left up to Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who would be the third VA secretary to consider what happens.

For South Dakota’s congressional delegation, that means re-educating officials on why that facility is important for the health system and the southern hills.

It’s safe to say local veterans and the state’s congressional delegation weren’t impressed with former-VA secretary David Shulkin.

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Congresswoman Kristi Noem says federal lawmakers are turning their attention to an infrastructure spending bill.

It’s a promise President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail.

The focus on infrastructure comes after Congressional Republicans cut taxes in a massive reform bill.
Noem says funding is going to be a big issue.

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Congresswoman Kristi Noem joins In the Moment for an update on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We discuss changes in the child tax credit, how the bill stands to impact South Dakota farmers and business owners, and what adjustments need to be made in the future to the sweeping policy.

South Dakota’s chief executive says he’s concerned by the rhetoric surrounding federal tax reform.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are pushing forward. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says they hope a conference report on tax reform will drop in the coming weeks.

Both Senator John Thune and Congresswoman Kristi Noem are on the conference committee where they will hash out the differences between each chamber, and send that bill back for a vote.

Noem says she hopes the tax reform proposal is signed before Christmas.

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South Dakota’s US House Representative says an Indian Health Service reform bill is moving quickly through Congress.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem has sponsored similar legislation in the past. The bill increases care standards, gives IHS more recruitment tools and requires more accountability from providers.

Noem gave an update on the bill at a town hall meeting in Rapid City on Wednesday.

The legislation is in response to years of reports about poorly delivered care and mismanagement.

South Dakota’s lone US House Representative says the Ways and Means committee plans to release its blueprint of federal tax reform in several weeks.
Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the finer details are still being debated.
A federal tax overhaul is second on a list of reforms the Republican led House, Senate and Whitehouse want to accomplish during their majority held in all three branches… that, along with healthcare reform.

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United States Congresswoman Kristi Noem is on her way back to Washington. Voters supported her bid for re-election to the state’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Noem says the vote reveals the principles South Dakotans want in a leader. She says Republicans tend to want more limited government, and Democrats prefer government to play a bigger role.

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In a debate this week, Republican Congresswoman Krist Noem and challenger Democrat Paula Hawks reveal they’re sticking to party lines this election. Noem says she’s voting for Donald Trump, and Hawks is casting her ballot for Hillary Clinton. SDPB's Kealey Bultena joins Dakota Midday with insight from the Noem/Hawks Rotary debate, including thoughts from US Representative Kristi Noem on why she is still casting her ballot for Republican nominee Trump and the reasons Hawks' vote goes to Clinton.

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Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she’s voting to elect Donald Trump for president. The Republican revealed her continued support for Trump in Monday’s debate against Democratic challenger Paula Hawks.

Two women who want to represent South Dakota in the US House of Representatives faced off just hours after a presidential debate and days after damaging recordings exposed vulgar language from Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Hawks Outlines Her Platform At Black Hills Forum

Sep 16, 2016
Hawks for U.S. House

The Democratic candidate for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House says the state can be a global leader in renewable energy.

During the Black Hills Forum and Press Club monthly series on Friday, Paula Hawks says the state needs to create opportunities for college graduates…


State Representative Paula Hawks is running against Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem. Much of the campaign has been focused on Noem’s IHS funding record and reforms, to Noem’s decision to leave the House Ag committee for the ways and means.


As a top industry in the state, agriculture is on the minds of many South Dakotan voters. U.S. Representative Kristi Noem visits Midday to provide her insight on agriculture as she represents local farmers and producers in Washington, D.C. She also discusses the ongoing search for a compromise regarding Country of Origin Labeling, the importance of food supply to national security, and how South Dakotans consistently farm beyond next year’s crop.

Jon Hunter is publisher of the Madison Daily Leader. Dana Ferguson is a watchdog state government and political reporter with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. This week the Dakota Political Junkies weigh the influence of the Tom Daschle endorsement of Hillary Clinton. We also talk about more trouble in IHS and how Senator John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem are addressing it and how state Democrats are using IHS woes as political fodder during an election year.

US Representative Krisit Noem joins Dakota Midday for an extended conversation about leadership, connection, and the role of impatience in Washington.

Congresswoman Noem and Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh discuss the importance of a personal vision statement, the trials of military sexual trauma, and how coming home to South Dakota serves as antidote to both urban strain and inside-the-Beltway complacency.

South Dakotans in Congress are standing against the nuclear deal with Iran. Lawmakers are back in Washington, DC after a recess, and leaders are grappling with how to handle support and disapproval of the agreement.

Thursday United States Senate Democrats blocked a vote of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal. Still Senator Mike Rounds says he does not support the compromise.

Kealey Bultena

The United States House is on recess, and Congresswoman Kristi Noem is back in South Dakota. Tuesday the state’s lone Representative spoke in Sioux Falls at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon. She then met with some young professionals for a discussion about issues they see.

Men with careers in finance, politics, law and technology have questions for Congresswoman Kristi Noem.  Yannick Laroche is a production manager in wind energy.

Three people who represent South Dakota in the nation’s capital are reacting to a US Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Thursday six of the nine justices agreed that people are still eligible for insurance subsidies using a federal health insurance exchange. Thirty-four states do not have state-run marketplaces.

A South Dakota Congresswoman and the leader of the US Department of Agriculture are at odds over nutrition standards in school lunch programs. Representative Kristi Noem is providing lawmakers legislation that eases the dietary guidelines for meals provided by schools.  

Anti-human trafficking legislation is stalled in the United States Senate, and that frustrates South Dakota’s representation in Washington, DC. Democrats in the US Senate blocked debate again Wednesday over one provision in the bill.

Legislation in the United States Senate establishes a fund to help victims of sex trafficking. Money from fines on convicted traffickers would support it. The bill includes language that stops the dollars from being used on abortions except for rape, incest, or to protect the life of a woman.

As the FCC moves forward with a controversial decision to regulate internet providers in the name of fairness, commissioners must answer to a South Dakotan. In fact all three people who represent the state in Washington D-C say they stand against the agency’s move to expand its power. Yet that doesn’t mean they have the same reason for resistance.

Three members of Congress advocate for the interests of South Dakotans in the nation’s capital, and all three condemn the Federal Communication Commission’s vote to expand its regulatory power to internet service.

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South Dakotans are asking the state’s lone United States Congresswoman about national issues they see affecting South Dakota. Tuesday US Representative Kristi Noem held a town hall meeting in Sioux Falls. 

People meeting with Congresswoman Kristi Noem in Sioux Falls want to know how Washington, DC sees topics important to them. One of those is the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run through western South Dakota. Both the Senate and the House passed a measure approving the pipeline. Noem says the decision now rests with President Barack Obama.

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During their first debate, candidates for South Dakota’s only seat in the US House of Representatives clash over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline and the Affordable Care Act. They answer audience questions for an hour Tuesday at Dakota Fest in Mitchell.

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says combating the human trafficking industry is a personal priority of hers.

Noem introduced legislation last week that addresses the issue in three different ways. She says her Human Trafficking, Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act launches a review of all state and federal trafficking prevention activities to better understand what’s working and what’s not, it ensures dollars are being spent efficiently in existing federal anti-trafficking programs, and improves grants for shelters for survivors.

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills on May 20th that deal with sex-trafficking.

Noem says those five bills are the most comprehensive series of anti-trafficking addressed by the House in the last decade.

“These bills will offer more resources to survivors, they’ll give prosecutors more tools to go after traffickers and buyers. They’ll also put policies in place that law-makers hope will better prevent trafficking,” says Noem.

SD Congresswoman Noem Infuriated With VA Negligence

May 21, 2014

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she is infuriated by recent reports of negligence within the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Despite reports of long wait-times and inadequate healthcare for veterans in several other parts of the U.S., Noem says many South Dakota vets tell her they are overall satisfied with the health care they are receiving.