Despite an empty record of inattention to her duties, Rep. Kristi Noem handily won re-election to Congress this week.

Her first big move following her victory: lighten her work load even more by abdicating her leadership role. Tom Lawrence posts Noem's full letter to her colleagues announcing she will not seek a sophomore class leadership position:

Freshman Class Colleagues:

For the last two years, I have been humbled to serve as one of the freshmen liaisons to our House leadership team. During that time, I have worked hard to listen to all of you and represent our voices at the leadership table. While none of us believe we have achieved everything we set out to do over the last two years, together as a class we played a large role in changing the conversation in Washington. That is something we can all be proud of.

As we prepare for conference leadership elections next Wednesday, I have decided that I will not run for the sophomore class leadership position. The strength of our class lies largely within our diversified backgrounds and life experiences. As such, I have no doubt our class will be well represented by whoever* we choose to fill that position.

It is an honor to serve with each of you. I look forward to working with you as we continue offering solutions to the serious challenges facing our nation.


[Rep. Kristi Noem, quoted by Tom Lawrence, "Noem Opts out of GOP Leadership Role," Republic Insider, 2012.11.09]

You'd think our freshly re-affirmed Congresswoman would look for every avenue she could find to carry South Dakota's voice to the powers that be. As our only Congressperson, Rep. Noem needs to cover more ground.

But she probably found that leadership just means more meetings, and she just hates how those meetings take her away from more important matters.

See, Republicans? Reward Kristi's bad behavior, and what do you get? Even more bad behavior.

*whomever. Object of verb choose. Maybe Kristi needs time to go back to SDSU to pick up a college English credit.