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.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sent his congratulations via Twitter Monday morning, calling Noem’s graduation“a wonderful accomplishment and truly inspiring story.”

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