U.S. Rep. Kristy Noem says she won’t seek a fifth term in Congress because she will instead run to become the first female governor in South Dakota history.
Noem said in a video Monday she’s keeping a promise not to make Congress a career, and instead will return home to run for governor.
In the meantime, she says she’s looking forward to helping enact tax reform, replacing Obamacare, enacting a new farm bill and reducing government.
Although she didn’t say it, Noem’s announcement may have been forced by a campaign finance ballot issue approved last week.
Once effective, the measure will prevent Noem from transferring her substantial leftover congressional campaign cash to an account for a governor’s run, which would mean forfeiting a huge advantage.