Joni (Joni) Ernst (R)
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Capitol: 202.224.3254
FAX: 202.224.9369
District: 319.365.4504
Room 260 RSOB- Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-1503

Residence: Red Oak, IA
Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2026
DOB: 7/1/1970
Committee Assignments
RM MemberSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
RM MemberSenate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
FC MemberSenate Biofuels Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Motorcycle Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Abraham Accords Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Mental Health Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
FC MemberSenate Payments Innovation Caucus
FC MemberSenate Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Airland
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberSenate Human Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (Senate)
MemberSenate Committee on Armed Services
FC MemberSenate Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberSenate Chicken Caucus
FC MemberSenate Western Caucus
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberSenate Bipartisan Task for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus


Joni Ernst, native of Red Oak, Iowa, has dedicated her life to her state and country, having served in the military for over 23 years and now representing Iowans in the United States Senate. Joni is working to grow a strong economy; stand up for Iowa farmers, families, and small businesses; hold Washington accountable, ensure a strong national defense, and support our veterans. Born and raised on a farm in Montgomery County, Joni's parents instilled in her the values important to Iowans- hard work, service, and sacrifice. After graduating top of her class at Stanton High School, Joni went on to Iowa State University where she joined the university's ROTC program. After graduating from Iowa State, Joni joined the U.S. Army Reserves.

In 2003, she served as a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, leading 150 Iowa Army National Guardsmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joni retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard after 23 years of military service. Known for her independent leadership and commitment to public service, Joni previously served as the Montgomery County Auditor where she worked to eliminate wasteful government spending and protect taxpayers' hard-earned dollars, and was the local commissioner of elections. As a state senator, Joni fought to balance the state budget and helped turn Iowa's $900 million budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus. In November 2014, Joni was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. Joni still lives in Red Oak, not far from where she grew up, and near her family. Her daughter Libby is a cadet at The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.