Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

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Starting at about the 37:18 time mark on the video below, Governor Kristi Noem, the first female governor for the state of South Dakota, is where her part of the program begins.

Noem addressed the Turning Point USA Young Women’s Leadership Summit (YWLS) 2019 on June 9, 2019.

She didn’t want people to vote for her because of her gender. She wanted votes because she was “the right person for the job.”

Noem want to tell the YWLS five tips she wished she had at their age. But first, she dived into some personal history.

She had already won statewide office races as South Dakota’s only congressional representative, before running for governor. “Governor’s are CEOs. They are the boss of that state.”

That’s why she was told by several people that she “didn’t have the right body parts” to be governor. Ouch. Meaning, her being a woman was a disadvantage in the view of several for her being a leader in their state.

Her points, which spans gender lines, include that notion that some will think for various reasons that “you are not qualified” for what you want to do.

Also among her topics is why she wanted to get involved in government and politics. It began as a sort of tax rebellion.

Jumping back before her political career, she said that growing up, she had the same types of chores as her brothers did, and she loved it.

As a young girl, Noem wanted to be a farmer and rancher. She railed over the consequences she faced when after her beloved father died in an accident. She had to leave college to return home to run the family operation at the young age of 22. They had 12,000 acres and hundreds of heads of cattle, ranch and farm hands that didn’t want to listen to a young woman who was now the boss. But the toughest part may have been the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), who wanted to collect a ‘death tax’ on the family property (about time marker 41:17). That was a turning point for her.


South Dakota is one of those states that have had surges in manufactured housing. As with most of the country, manufactured home shipments are down from the last high of 1998.

But the takeaways from this video are less about the industry in general, or what kind of housing was on this family’s property. Instead, the value is in life lessons in facing challenges, ignoring those voices that said ‘you can’t do that,’ and using reason over emotion.

To Noem, there has been for men and women a tendency to allow feelings or emotions to dictate too many decisions. That in her successful vantagepoint has become out-of-balance.

Today we have a lot of people serving in office that are governed by feelings,” the South Dakota governor said, while noting the crucial role feelings play in interpersonal relationships.

Resonating with people’s hearts is incredibly important, but we also can’t be completely motivated feelings,” Noem said. “We need to have thoughts and ideas and belief systems.”

That’s a theme MHProNews has beat the drum about for years. Right reason and correct actions bring “stability to the type of government that we need to have” as Americans.

This country doesn’t need more speech-givers,” she said. “It doesn’t need more bench sitters or couch potatoes. What we need is problem-solvers.”

This isn’t a pep-rally type of speech. Instead, it is as thoughtful as the comments noted reflect.

During a time in our industry when arguably hundreds of business owners, and possibly thousands of professionals are being mislead on a wide range of issues – often based upon emotional, vs. reason based responses – it’s a timely message that the Daily Business News on MHProNews felt was relevant for our professional audience.



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