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Noem explains decision not to pursue leadership team

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Soon Congresswoman Kristi Noem will be back in Washington. But, before she returns she' honoring veterans in Watertown.

Noem won re-election Tuesday night by a nearly fifteen point margin. In her second term she plans on focusing on the Farm Bill, rural education, and the Pine Beetle Epidemic.

"What's really important for South Dakota, because we only have one representative, is that we build coalitions with other members from other states that may have some of the same issues going on," said Noem.

However, her duties this time will not include the House Republican Leadership Team.

"I've already built those relationships with the leadership team. I'll use that to get these priorities done for South Dakota," she said.

Noem sights time commitments as being the reason why she won't pursue the Leadership Team, not the ads run by challenger Matt Varilek stating that she wasn't working hard enough for South Dakotans.

"No. Every decision I make is for the good of South Dakota. So, I don't focus on my career and my future. I focus on what I can to do be more effective for South Dakota and that's what I'm going to continue to do."

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