Noem returns to the House of Representatives for another term

Kristi Noem returns to the U.S. House of Representatives for her fourth term. She was elected for her first term in the House in 2006.

Much of Noem’s platform for this election was to simplify tax laws, increase information about the cost of college, restore security at the border while providing additional resources and repeal Obamacare.

During Noem’s acceptance speech, she said she is humbled to be elected for another term in the House. 

“We have challenges as a country and we need strong leadership,” Noem said. “And I will do all I can do to be a strong leader.”

As of 10:55 p.m. on Nov. 8, Noem had 65 percent of the votes, and her Democrat challenger, Paula Hawks, had 35 percent of the votes

Hawks was thankful for the support she received from her family, friends and supporters during her campaign.

“I found this experience over the past 16 months to be exhilarating,” she said.

Hawks advocated for college students, Native American population and women during her acceptance speech.

Noem stated that South Dakota is struggling with low commodity prices and other obstacles in the state. There are problems ahead, according to Noem, but she believes she is someone that can be trusted to handle the issues.