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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.