RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Kristi Noem is starting her transition as the next governor of South Dakota.
Monday afternoon she met with several agencies and departments in Pierre.
Earlier, she thanked Rapid City voters for their support.
A packed house at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, supporters came to congratulate the governor-elect.
Along with the current legislature, Noem is working with Governor Dennis Daugaard on his upcoming budget, giving her the opportunity to propose and make changes.
These changes will help pave the way to implementing some of her priorities in the upcoming fiscal year.
Noem's first priority is balancing the budget without raising taxes, bringing high speed internet to every part of the state, and helping South Dakota's education system improve.
After seeing election results and how tight the governor race was, Noem will likely have to focus on working with both sides of the aisle.
South Dakota’s governor elect, Kristi Noem, says “I've worked extensively at the federal level in a bipartisan way. A lot of the bills I've brought forward in reforms on farm policy, human trafficking, domestic violence were all bipartisan bills. So I know how to do that very well and will incorporate those folks that really do want to be a part of finding solutions for South Dakota. So it's important to build coalitions and a team that really want to get things done.
Noem says she will push back on the federal government when necessary, as in if they are harming South Dakota's way of life, businesses, or families.
Noem will be sworn in on January 5th, 2019.