South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem visited Washington, D.C. this past weekend to accept Moms for America’s Mother of Influence award.
Kimberly Fletcher, founder and president of the non-profit, pro-family Christian organization praised Kristi Noem’s leadership in 2020 as the country faced the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Noem was given the Moms of America’s Mother of Influence award on Sunday in the U.S. Capitol.
“She speaks truth,” Fletcher said in her introduction of Noem. “She actually follows the science that they keep telling us we should follow and she institutes policies that are going to promote freedom and … to actually fix problems instead of creating them.”
“We need more people who will stand up for truth, for freedom, for family and be that common sense voice that we need,” Fletcher continued.
Fletcher, and Noem, both praised Noem’s husband, Bryon, who has supported his wife’s political career in the South Dakota state legislature, the U.S. Congress, and as the first woman to head the state while raising two daughters, Kennedy and Kassidy, and a son named Booker.
“You know that man has to be awesome because she can’t do what she does without him,” Fletcher said.
Noem also said her children — now 18, 23, and 26 — are a “testament” of her husband’s devotion to the family and that they are her greatest accomplishment.
“I tell people all the time — my legacy will be my children,” Noem said.
Fletcher said that her organization is dedicated to mothers such as Noem, who all across America have tremendous influence in shaping the future of the country. She cited Matthew Vassar, who founded the Vassar College for women in 1861.
“He said he did so because he realized that the mothers of the country molded citizens, determined its institutions, and shaped its destiny,” Fletcher said.
In her remarks, Noem said her “cowboy” father taught her a work ethic and to be a problem solver and her mother helped her overcome her insecurity as an overweight, shy teen by building her faith in God’s love for her.
Noem said she was “honored” to get the award.
“This is probably the most special reward I’ve ever received,” Noem said. “Because I love my family. When I ran for governor it as on building strong families. It was about South Dakota could be an example to the nation and we could do that by focusing on strong families.”
“Because that really is the foundation of this country,” Noem said. “So the fact that you would honor me in this way today means the world to me.”
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