Republican Representative Kristi Noem has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee for her second term in Congress.

Noem announced Wednesday she was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, and she will continue to serve on the House Agriculture Committee.

During her first term, Noem served on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on Education and Labor and the House Agriculture Committee. She said she now looks forward to promoting a strong national defense to uphold the nation's commitment to military men and women.

"From Ellsworth Air Force Base to our National Guard Units, South Dakota plays an integral role in protecting our nation," Noem said in a news release. "At a time when our country must prioritize its spending, I will continue to be a strong voice for our military and fight to ensure our men and women have the resources they need at home and abroad."

The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy, ongoing military operations, the Department of Defense, counter-drug programs, and other areas.

Also in the news release, Noem expressed she is eager to carry on her work on the House Agriculture Committee under the continued leadership of Chairman Frank Lucas.

"There remains much work to be done to ensure our farmers and ranchers have the stable agriculture policy they deserve, and I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Lucas and my colleagues on the committee to do just that," Noem said.

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