Kate Hicks

Congratulations are in order for South Dakota's only member of the House of Representatives: Republican freshman Kristi Noem graduated from South Dakota State University this weekend! In 1994, Noem had to leave school after her father was killed in a farm accident, but she began taking classes again online in 2008. On May 5, she graduated with her Bachelor's degree in political science (and it appears she spoke at graduation, too!).

Of course, she was also elected to the House in 2010 (where she serves on the leadership team), continues to work on her family farm, and is a wife and mother to three, all at the same time. CBS This Morning filmed a feature spot on "America's Most Powerful Undergrad" this weekend:

Here's hoping she had a very happy graduation day!


Kate Hicks

Kate Hicks is one of Townhall.com's web editors. You can follow her on Twitter @KateBHicks.