Kristi Lynn Noem (born November 30, 1971) is an American politician who has been the 33rd governor of South Dakota since January 5, 2019.
She was a Republican who served as the United States Representative for South Dakota’s at-large congressional district from 2011 to 2019 and as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives for the 6th district from 2007 to 2011.
Noem was elected governor of South Dakota in 2018 and is the state’s first female governor.
|Name||Kristi Lynn Arnold|
|Date of Birth||November 30, 1971|
|Education||South Dakota State University|
|Net Worth||$ 2.3 million|
Kristi Noem was born in Watertown, South Dakota, to Ron and Corinne Arnold. She grew up on a family ranch and farm in rural Hamlin County with her brothers.
In a farm machinery accident, Noem’s father was killed. The family property was expanded by Noem, who built a hunting lodge and a restaurant. Her siblings returned to help with the business expansion.
Noem took classes at Mount Marty College in Watertown and South Dakota State University, as well as online classes from the University of South Dakota, after her father died.
Husband and Kids
Bryon Noem is Noem’s husband. Bryon Noem, South Dakota’s First Gentleman, grew raised in Hamlin County and attended Northern State University, where he earned a degree in corporate finance.
After college, Bryon coached basketball and worked on the family farm until landing a job as an insurance agent at Bryant State Bank. He then bought the bank’s insurance division and renamed it Noem Insurance.
Bryon and Governor Noem married in Watertown, South Dakota, in 1992. Bryon has spent his entire career working in small enterprises, and he now runs a crop insurance agency near their house in Castlewood.
Since becoming South Dakota’s first First Gentleman in January 2019, Bryon has continued to manage his business and started the ‘This is South Dakota’ project, which focuses on small-town South Dakota, all while working with Kristi Noem to build a stronger South Dakota for future generations.
They have three kids: Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.
Governor of South Dakota
Noem declared on November 14, 2016, that instead of seeking reelection to Congress, she would run for governor of South Dakota in 2018. She beat South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley 56 percent to 44 percent in the Republican primary on June 5 and Democratic contender Billie Sutton 51.0 percent to 47.6 percent in the general election.
On January 5, 2019, Noem was sworn in as South Dakota’s governor, making her the state’s first female governor. Since 2019, Noem has collaborated on strategy and communications with Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager.
Noem signed a bill into law on January 31, 2019, that eliminated the need for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Noem committed to defending religious liberty and conventional marriage as part of her Family First Initiative. She called marriage a “God-given bond between one man and one woman,” and said the Supreme Court’s ruling was an attempt to quiet traditionalists.
Conrad has signed multiple anti-abortion measures, claiming that they will “clamp down on South Dakota’s abortion providers.” Additionally, she stated: “Unborn babies are able to feel, think, and distinguish noises in the womb, according to a growing corpus of medical studies. These are humans, and they ought to be treated with the same respect as the rest of us.”
Noem’s compensation as governor is essentially her legal fees. Kristi Noem’s current annual income is $116K, according to sources. However, given her level of experience in her industry, her income could be higher.
Kristi has a side business and operates a family business with her siblings in addition to her salary.
Kristi Noem’s net worth for 2021 is expected to be $2.3 million, based on all of her endeavors.