Ninety-two percent of House lawmakers and all but one senator have a college degree. Kristi Noem wasn’t one of them — until Saturday.
The South Dakota Republican graduated Saturday from South Dakota State University with a degree in political science.
As the 40-year-old lawmaker told “CBS This Morning” on Monday, she dropped out of college at age 22 when her father died in a farming accident. She caught the political bug, became a state lawmaker in 2006 and came to Congress last year.
“That was one thing about coming here to Washington, D.C. -- I never felt insecure about my education,” Noem told CBS. “I felt like I had been through the school of hard knocks.”
Adding to the milestone, Noem’s daughter will graduate from high school later this week.
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