The South Dakota Republican was crowned Snow Queen back in 1990, according to an article in the Aberdeen News on Feb. 3. The story, “Snow Queen Title Meant Opportunity for Noem,” ran alongside a photo of a teenage Noem rocking big hair and a crown while holding a scepter.
Noem tells the Aberdeen News that the pageant “gave me my first opportunity to sit in an interview, to speak in public.”
So how does winning a pageant compare to winning a seat in Congress?
“Competing in the high school Snow Queen contest might have honed Rep. Noem’s public speaking skills, but growing up on the farm shoveling manure out of the barn seems to be better preparation for Congress thus far,” spokesman Joshua Shields tells HOH.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.