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Joni ErnstREPRepublican United States Senator
52
Years of Age
17
Years of Experience
IAResidence (state)

Joni Kay Ernst (née Culver; born July 1, 1970) is an American former military officer and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Iowa since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, she previously served in the Iowa State Senate from 2011 to 2014 and as auditor of Montgomery County from 2004 to 2008. After graduating from Iowa State University, Ernst joined the United States Army Reserve. She served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1993 to 2015, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. During the Iraq War, she served as the commanding officer of the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Camp Dodge, the Iowa Army National Guard's largest battalion. Ernst also holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University.In 2004, Ernst was elected Montgomery County Auditor. She was reelected in 2008. In 2011, Ernst was elected to the Iowa State Senate in a special election and reelected in 2012. She represented District 12, in southwestern Iowa. Ernst ran for the United States Senate in 2014 and won, succeeding longtime Democratic Senator Tom Harkin and becoming the first Republican to win that seat since 1978.

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Campaign Funding

20
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$14,649,046
Total Raised
$13,316,290
Total Spent
$1,363,150
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Leadership PACs$538,036
69%
Securities & Investment$373,976
66%
Retired$359,179
36%
Republican/Conservative$195,013
34%
Oil & Gas$184,300
30%
Insurance$162,784
30%
Real Estate$162,301
22%
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$119,449
20%
Lawyers/Law Firms$110,644
19%
Commercial Banks$105,733
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Iowa State University
Bachelor of Arts
1992
University of Iowa
Columbus State University
Master of Public Administration
1995
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Vice Chair
Senate Republican Conference, United States Senate
2019 - Current
Senator
United States Senate
2014 - Current
Senator
Iowa State Senate
2011 - 2014
County Auditor
Montgomery County, Iowa
2005 - 2011
Lieutenant Colonel
Iowa Army National Guard
2001 - 2015
Served
United States Army Reserve
1993 - 2001
Other Experience1 - 21 of 21
Life Member
National Rifle Association
Current
Member
Mamrelund Lutheran Church of Stanton
Member
Montgomery County Memorial Court of Honor
Member
Montgomery County Crime Stoppers
Member
Red Oak Chamber of Commerce
Member
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2265
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Seapower, United States Senate
Former Member
Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate
Former Member
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Personnel Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Airland, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops, United States Senate