WASHINGTON, D.C.--The day may not have quite played out as planned. Nevertheless, Joni Ernst officially put her name in 168 years of Iowa history Tuesday.
Here are a few things that challenged the day:
--Several inches of snow caused a messy morning in Washington, D.C.
--Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly called Ernst by her husband's name, Gail, when he greeted her before the swearing in reenactment ceremony.
--Biden and the Ernst family struggled a bit figuring out exactly who did what and which person stood where during the ceremony
--Gail and Libby, the couple's daughter, had to battle the Iowa snowstorm to make it to Washington in time for Tuesday's events.
--The senator-elect didn't get much rest before her big day. "I did sleep. I won't say that I slept a long time," Ernst said.
But those were all overshadowed by the more meaningful moments of the day.
--Iowans watched an iconic display as the state's longest serving senators, Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin, stood with Ernst on the senate floor for her official swearing in ceremony.
--Grassley later praised Ernst for knowing so much about national events, despite being a freshman legislator. "She's got to be a smart, quick learner," he said.
--Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, who pushed Ernst to run for the senate, called her friend's accomplishment as Iowa's first female senator "phenomenal" and said Ernst is now a "national role model."
--Ernst has overcome 168 years of Iowa history to earn her place in Washington.
--She said of her accomplishment, "I am extremely honored to be in this position. I am honored to be the next U.S. Senator from Iowa."