WASHINGTON, D.C.--Joni Ernst has now officially accomplished what no other woman in Iowa's 168 year history as a state has done; she is a United States Senator.
In a nostalgic moment, longtime senators, Republican Chuck Grassley and retiring Democrat Tom Harkin, walked Ernst down to the swearing in ceremony, shortly before Vice President Joe Biden administrated the oath.
"Very humbled. That's the word to describe this," Ernst told Channel 13 in the minutes before the ceremony.
"I am extremely honored to be in this position," Ernst said.
Ernst said with the pomp and circumstance behind her, she looked forward to getting to work. She cited passing the Keystone Pipeline as one issue she hopes to see happen soon.