Paula Hawks

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... April 8, 2019 Show 551 Hour 2

The South Dakota Democratic Party has elected a new chair. Paula Hawks has been a state lawmaker and a candidate for U.S. House.

Hawks recaps the past legislative session and looks ahead at items like legislative interim studies and the 2020 election.


SDPB's Kealey Bultena covered South Dakota Democratic Party headquarters Tuesday night. She joined Dakota Midday to share what Democratic candidates had to say after the vote was in.

You can hear Paula Hawks' speech in its entirety at this link. 
For more details from Jay Williams, click here. 


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.

Paula Hawks Thanks Supporters

Nov 8, 2016
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Paula Hawks took time to thank her supporters at the South Dakota Democratic Party gathering in Sioux Falls Tuesday night. Hawks said she had fun running against incumbent Republican Kristi Noem who was elected to another two-year term to the U.S. House of Representatives. She encouraged members of the Democratic Party to come together and get involved.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting crews spoke with State Lawmaker Paula Hawks after her speech.  

Seth Tupper (Rapid City Journal) and Dana Ferguson (Argus Leader Media) join Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the top political headlines in the state. This week we discuss recent polling data, the logic behind the ban on ballot selfies, and the resonance of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson as he campaigns in South Dakota.

Noem And Hawks Face Off On SDPB

Oct 20, 2016

Incumbent Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem and challenger Democratic State Representative Paula Hawks squared off on SDPB TV to talk about energy, the Affordable Care Act and the presidential race.

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Roger Whittle discuss South Dakota's U.S. House and Senate races including Democratic House candidate Paula Hawks' announcement that she was sexually assaulted while attending college. Democratic candidates Hawks and Jay Williams trail Republican Incumbents Kristi Noem and John Thune in fundraising by large sums.

The Political Junkies also discussed problems with the Affordable Care Act. Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said, "The Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable."

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

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.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Two candidates for South Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives squared off during the Sioux Falls Rotary debate.
The hour long debate touched on many issues facing the country, including national security, the economy, and education. The conversation also turned to South Dakota’s number one industry… agriculture.
Democratic challenger Paula Hawks has spent much of the campaign for U.S. House criticizing Representative Kristi Noem’s move from the House Agriculture committee to the Ways and Means Committee.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

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.

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At the Black Hills Forum and Press Club lunch on Friday, South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem insisted that change is a good thing.
That’s why she says she left the House Ag committee in favor of a group that looks at the country’s tax code. It’s an issue her challenger has hammered the incumbent on.

Hawks for U.S. House

As one of South Dakota's largest industries, agriculture sows its way into the political landscape. Paula Hawks is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives. She cites country-of-origin labeling and loss of USDA's Conservation Reserve Program acres as major issues in state agriculture. She discusses the agriculture conversation in Washington, the Farm Bill, and preparations for the November election.

Dakota Digest July 29, 2016

Jul 29, 2016

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, South Dakota State Representative Paula Hawks discusses the Democratic National Convention. Also, Sex Trafficking is a big topic leading into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Additionally, voters will once again vote on minimum wage in South Dakota this November.

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South Dakota’s 15 delegates for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are now at the National party convention in Philadelphia. The votes they cast on Tuesday were the final few Clinton needed to become the party’s nominee.

One of those delegates is Paula Hawks. She’s running for South Dakota’s lone U. S. House seat. Hawks says she supports both candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. She spoke on SDPB’s Dakota Midday from the convention. She says there’s still some work that needs done…

Paula Hawks

The Democratic National Convention is taking place this week in Philadelphia. The convention is attended by South Dakota delegates including State Representative Paula Hawks.

Hawks joins Dakota Midday to discuss the convention so far and where the party stands in South Dakota and as a whole.

Denise Ross from the Black Hills Knowledge Network and Seth Tupper from the Rapid City Journal lend their voices to the weekly Midday segment Dakota Political Junkies. Some topics of discussion include the memorable face palm from one South Dakotan, the GOP's platform, figures missing at the GOP national convention, and agriculture's role in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives between Kristi Noem and Paula Hawks.

Dakota Digest June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, US House of Representatives candidate Paula Hawks is encouraging her opponent to convince state lawmakers to vote towards expanding medicaid in South Dakota. Also, Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 27 be called 'Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day." Another happening this week, the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce has revealed a new initiative to promote racial equality in the workplace.

One South Dakota lawmaker says she’s crafting a resolution about debt-free college. Democratic State Representative Paula Hawks says she wants to start a conversation with fellow lawmakers about the cost of higher education.

The phrase “debt-free college” is appearing in national discussions. State Representative Paula Hawks says she wants to bring the dialogue to South Dakota.

Democrats have their first candidate for the U.S. House. Two-term state Representative Paula Hawks of Hartford announced her candidacy on Monday for the seat held by Republican Kristi Noem. Hawks says her experience in the legislature makes her a good candidate for Congress.  She wants to focus on seniors, farmers and ranchers, equality for women, education and student loan debt.