Noem spokesman assumes role of 'unborn child advocate' in Governor's Office
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Gov. Kristi Noem’s spokesman has had his job duties expanded into legislative policy.
Lawmakers this week were informed that the governor’s long-time media relations spokesperson, Ian Fury, has been appointed “unborn child advocate” in the Governor’s Office ahead of the next South Dakota Legislative Session, set to begin Jan. 9.
Fury, 30, is the communications director for the governor and has worked for Noem both in an official capacity as a state employee and on the campaign trail. He’s been with the administration since 2020.
“Being pro-life means taking care of both moms and their babies before birth and after. This has been a passion issue for me my whole life,” Fury told The Dakota Scout Thursday, noting that his parents met while doing anti-abortion advocacy work. “It took on additional meaning for me earlier this year when Hannah and I welcomed our first baby. I’m honored to work alongside Gov. Noem to advocate on behalf of our unborn children.”
The Texas-native’s expanded responsibilities include working with state lawmakers to advance anti-abortion legislation and resist abortion rights measures.