WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- South Dakota’s newly elected representative is learning the ropes on Capitol Hill. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) says he is eager to fill the shoes of outgoing Congresswoman and governor-elect Kristi Noem (R-SD).
The South Dakota Republican is one of the many new faces in Washington getting acquainted with his new office building the House of Representatives.
“I’ve been chomping at the bit ever since election night to get out here,” said Johnson.
Noem is leaving behind an important seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, the Committee that ushered a massive tax reform bill in this Congress. Johnson says he understands he has big shoes to fill.
“She charted a really impressive course about how to be apart of a team while also remembering who the bosses are and that you’re here every day fighting for South Dakota,” said Johnson.
The South Dakota freshman assumes his role in the minority on Capitol Hill, with Democrats winning the majority in last week’s election. He says that won’t change his approach to his work.
“In South Dakota, people spoke loud and clear that they like conservative governance, they believe in limited government, and they want to make sure that they’ve got a voice,” said Johnson.
The congressman-elect says he has a wish list of committee assignments in hopes of pushing his South Dakota specific agenda. He says he wants to land on the Agriculture Committee so he can help pass the Farm Bill if it doesn’t happen during this Congress.
“If it doesn’t get done here during the Lame Duck, it’s got to get done early in 2019. I want to be a leader in delivering that for South Dakota,” said Johnson.
Johnson will officially become the at-large representative for the Mount Rushmore State the first week of January.