|Junior U.S. Senator from Iowa|
From: January 3, 2015 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Iowa Senate, 12th District|
From: January 5, 2011 – November 28, 2014
|Spouse(s)||Gail Ernst (div.)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Iowa Army National Guard
|Service Years|| 1993 – 2015|
|Rank|| Lieutenant Colonel|
|Unit||185th Combat Sustainment|
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.
Ernst campaigned in the Republican U.S. Senate primary with the claim "I'll know how to cut pork".
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. 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.
- "Senator Joni K. Ernst" (2015). The Iowa Legislature website. Retrieved on January 16, 2014.
- Gail Ernst, Joni Ernst’s Ex-Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Twitchy staff (January 15, 2015). 'Jackass': Luke Russert writes off combat vet Joni Ernst as 'unknown pig farmer'. Twitchy. Retrieved on January 16, 2015.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.