Yes, it’s a shocker. Typically politicians wait before they move to the left but it’s best to get bad news out of the way early. Ernst moved left right out of the gate and conservative voters weren’t the only ones fooled…
Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, proudly endorsed Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate: “Tea Party Express’ Executive Director Taylor Budowich said, ‘Republican voters of Iowa have the chance tomorrow to nominate Joni Ernst—a strong conservative—and turn their focus to defeating liberal Congressman Bruce Braley. It is important to nominate Ernst now, given her substantial lead in all recent primary polling, and avoid a party convention that only gives Braley more time to mount his campaign unimpeded.'”
However, during her short stint in the United States Senate, Ernst has earned a disappointing rating of only 63% from Heritage Action for America (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) and a rating of 60% from Conservative Review. One can only hope that her conservative rating will go up as time passes but her votes on issues involving the Export-Import Bank, highway bailouts, No Child Left Behind and several other bills are problematic.
Joni Ernst is a Republican United States Senator from Iowa who was elected to office in November of 2014. She was the first female from Iowa to be elected to the US Senate.
Born in Montgomery County, Iowa on July 1, 1970, Ernst was at the top of her class at Stanton High School and went on to Iowa State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then to Columbus College to earn a master’s degree in public administration.
Ernst spent a little over a year from 2003-2004 serving in Kuwait, and has served a combined total of 22 years in National Guard and Army Reserve units. She is currently the lieutenant colonel of logistics and commander of the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Camp Dodge, Iowa.
Prior to being elected to the Iowa State Senate in 2011, Ernst was elected to the position of County Auditor for Montgomery County. She served in the State Senate for 3 years before resigning to run for U.S. Senate.
After Democratic incumbent Tom Harkin retired, Ernst announced that she would run for office. She aired a satirical television commercial comparing her experiences with castrating pigs to her ability to cut fat in Congress, which helped her raise funds and rise in the polls. After her opponent criticized her voting records and said Ernst was AWOL from her duty, Ernst responded strongly and the two exchanged bitter remarks. She debated Democratic opponent Bruce Braley three times, and eventually won the race for the United States Senate by a margin of 52% to 44%.
As a senator, Ernst serves on several committees, including Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Armed Services; Homeland Security and Government Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Ernst has publicly stated she is against the IRS, Department of Education, and the EPA from a budgetary standpoint. Ernst is a strong proponent of state’s rights, and she is against the minimum wage and environmental regulation, citing the 10th amendment as a reason for these kinds of decisions to be left up to the states. She opposed so-called “same-sex marriage” and abortion, for similar reasons. She has opposed the Affordable Care Act and she supported the war in Iraq, claiming that it seemed most likely that Iraq had possession of weapons of mass destruction.