Joni Ernst made history when she became Iowa's first female Senator, and just a few months later she was tapped to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The military veteran garnered national attention during her seat race due to her viral "castrating hogs" campaign commercial and her stump speech regarding Agenda 21.
In the Joni Ernst State of the Union (SOTU) response speech, the Iowa Senator told the audience that she was a solider, a mother, and recently-elected lawmaker before noting that it is "important to hear different points of view in this great country."
here is an excerpt from the Joni Ernst SOTU Republican response.
"Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech, I'd like to talk about your priorities. I'd like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just elected, and how we plan to make Washington focus on your concerns again. We heard the message you sent in November loud and clear. And now we're getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country. The new Republican Congress also understands how difficult these past six years have been. For many of us, the sting of the economy and the frustration with Washington's dysfunction weren't things we had to read about. We felt them every day."