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