Replica Of First Gentleman’s Inaugural Tuxedo Added To First Spouses Display At State Capitol

(KCCR) — A miniature replica of the tuxedo worn by First Gentleman Bryon Noem is now a permanent part of the First Spouses Exhibit on the first floor of the State Capitol Building in Pierre. During a short induction ceremony with family and friends, wife and Governor Kristi Noem says getting her husband on board with the idea was a challenge…

“So we’re driving in the pickup on the way home from Pierre from one of our meetings and I said…”Bryon, here’s the deal; I don’t really get it…I don’t know why it’s such a big deal, to put your suit in the basement of the Capitol, but we really need to be able to do that and I’m wondering what your problem is?’  And he said…he said…’Well I like my suit.  I only have one suit and if I get my suit and put it in the basement of the Capitol I wont have any suit to wear and then I’ll have to go buy a new one and I don’t really want to spend money on buying a new suit.'”  “And I said ‘Oh My Goodness Bryon they’re not going to take your actual suit!  They’re going to make a replica of it like a doll size….And then he goes…’Oh well ok, yeah, that’d be great!  That’d be fantastic.”
First Gentleman Bryon Noem says all kidding aside he understands how special the replica tux is…

“I ‘m honored to have this position and I want to do a good job at it. And, and I do want to visit a lot of towns in South Dakota; we already have.  But I’m honored to…to serve beside Kristi too.  I’m proud of who she is and what she stands for.  I think she’s an amazing Governor and…I don’t know, I’m thankful to the Committee and to Sandy and to Robin who sewed my little tiny tux…I’m very thankful to you guys to make this happen and I just showed up and here we are, but I’m I’ll always…honestly, it’ll always be special.”
The display includes the replica gown or tuxedo of the First Spouse, a family photo, other memorabilia a and year of the Inauguration. It’s maintained and supported by the South Dakota State Historical Society and the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women.