Sen. Ernst Sworn in as First Woman to Represent Iowa in Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joni Ernst has been sworn in as a U.S. senator during a ceremony in Washington D.C. Tuesday.

Sen. Harkin and Sen. Grassley flank Sen. Ernst as she is sworn in to the US Senate (WHO-HD)

Sen. Harkin and Sen. Grassley flank Sen. Ernst as she is sworn in to the US Senate (WHO-HD)

Flanked by retiring Senator Tom Harkin and Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst walked down the center isle of the well of the Senate and took the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden shortly after 11 a.m.

The National Guard Lieutenant Colonel from Red Oak found national acclaim with her “Make ‘Em Squeal” ad during her Republican primary campaign, when she promised to cut the pork in Washington.

She beat Democrat Bruce Braley in November’s election by 8.5 points.

Sen. Ernst told Channel 13 she used her grandmother’s bible while being sworn in.

“It's a memory of my grandmother and the difficult times she had growing up as well,” Sen. Ernst explained.

“She was a farmer's wife and lived a very austere life for most of her life, but having that with me is important because I've also sworn in with that bible twice before in the Iowa State Senate, so it's another part of Iowa that I’m bringing out to Washington D.C."

Ernst will participate in another individual swearing-in ceremony Tuesday afternoon in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol.

She becomes the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress.


    • J.B.

      Wow, now that remark was uncalled for-no reason for it whatsoever. Have you heard that old saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all?” Definitely one of those occasions where that fits.

  • Rev.Daniel Bragg

    I just hope and pray she does a good job like Tom did. But I bet she will make the one that paid the big bucks for happy before anyone else

  • Hank Britton

    While I consider it a great step forward that Iowa finally elected a woman to such a position, I find it highly disconcerting that the first woman elected would have such negative views as Ernst does towards people, relationships, marriage and is in the pocket of big business, who bought her into the position. I’m just afraid she’ll be just another disappointment and embarrassment as Steve King is.

  • Speaks the Truth

    Joni Ernst will do a good job as a Senator. She knows what needs to be done and will pursue that end. God Bless the USA!

  • MA Miller

    She’s just getting started, and your already talking smut.. She is one of the citizens that help keep our country safe and free. Next election put your name on the ballot.

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