US Rep. Kristi Noem to run for South Dakota governor in 2018

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Republican Kristi Noem plans to leave her South Dakota congressional seat after her next term to run for governor.

Noem, the state's only member of the U.S. House, easily won a fourth term last week. She announced the move in a video posted Monday by her gubernatorial campaign, saying she believes in the spirit of "citizen legislators whose temporary service helped found our nation."

But Noem's future plans were likely hastened by a ballot measure South Dakota voters passed in the same election that will soon sharply limit how much money can be transferred from campaign accounts when running for a new office. On Monday, she moved $1.6 million from her House account to her gubernatorial campaign.

"We just got through one campaign season, and we all need a break from politics, so while my campaign won't kick off officially until next year, I want you to know that I'm all in," she said in the video.

Noem said she's ready to work with Republican President-elect Donald Trump during her final term on a new farm bill, tax reform and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Noem will likely face off against South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who has said he's preparing to run for governor.

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