Noem picks Larry Rhoden as running mate

Larry Rhoden

(KSFY) - Republican Kristi Noem has named her running mate in the race for South Dakota governor.

Larry Rhoden will serve as Noem's running mate in the upcoming November election.

Rhoden is a rancher from Union Center in western South Dakota. He has served in State Legislature since 2001 in both the House and the Senate, most recently as the Majority Whip in the House.

In addition, Rhoden served in the South Dakota National Guard for six years.

“Larry, like most ranchers, is plain spoken, direct, and honest. That’s why I trust him, and why I chose him to serve as Lieutenant Governor,” said Noem, in a press release. “Larry’s spent his life ranching. His family operation has survived droughts and floods, blizzards, and bad markets. Even though his herd survived Winter Storm Atlas, he was out the next morning helping his neighbors, a testament to his South Dakota character.”

Noem's opponent, Democrat Billie Sutton, recently named Sioux Falls businesswoman Michelle Lavallee as his running mate.