Joni Ernst

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Joni Ernst
Joni Ernst Official photo portrait 114th Congress.jpg
Junior U.S. Senator from Iowa
From: January 3, 2015 – present
Predecessor Tom Harkin
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Iowa Senate, 12th District
From: January 5, 2011 – November 28, 2014
Predecessor Kim Reynolds
Successor Mark Costello
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Gail Ernst[1] (div.)[2]
Religion Lutheran[1]
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Iowa Army National Guard
Service Years 1993 – 2015
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 185th Combat Sustainment
Support Battalion
Battles/wars Iraq War

Joni Kay Ernst (born July 1, 1970, age 50) is a Republican U.S. Senator from Iowa who was elected in 2014.

Military service

Ernst saw combat as a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2004) and served in the Iowa Army National Guard as well as the U.S. Army Reserves where she rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.[3]

Political career

Ernst served as auditor of Montgomery County, Iowa from 2005 to 2011. She was later elected to the 84th and 85th general assembly of the Iowa legislature, (January 2011 to January 2015) her second term as a state senator from District 12, representing six counties in the southwest corner of Iowa.[1]

U.S. Senate

Ernst campaigned in the Republican U.S. Senate primary with the claim "I'll know how to cut pork".[4]

Ernst received 52% of the vote in November 2014, while her Democratic opponent received only 44%. In her victory, she swept 85 of Iowa's 99 counties.[5] She was later chosen to give the rebuttal to the president Barack Obama's State of the Union address in 2015.

Ernst has vocally opposed wasteful U.S. federal spending.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Senator Joni K. Ernst" (2015). The Iowa Legislature website. Retrieved on January 16, 2014.
  2. Gail Ernst, Joni Ernst’s Ex-Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  3. Twitchy staff (January 15, 2015). 'Jackass': Luke Russert writes off combat vet Joni Ernst as 'unknown pig farmer'. Twitchy. Retrieved on January 16, 2015.
  4. Strong, Jonathan (March 24, 2014). "Senate candidate: I'll use my hog castrating experience to help end pork barrel spending". Breitbart. Retrieved on January 16, 2014
  5. Pate, Paul D. [Iowa Secretary of State] (December 29, 2014). "November 4, 2014 general election". Iowa Secretary of State website. Retrieved on January 15, 2015.
  6. Varney, James (September 22, 2019). Joni Ernst aims to change fed's 'spend it while you have it' mentality. The Washington Times. Retrieved September 22, 2019.