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Joni Ernst
Joni Ernst.jpg
Iowa State Senate District 12
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 4, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service2003-2004
ProfessionMontgomery County Auditor
Office website
Personal website
Joni Ernst is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 12 and serving as Assistant Minority Leader. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

She is a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Iowa.[1]

Ernst earned her B.S. from Iowa State University and her M.P.A. from Columbus College. Her professional experience includes working as Montgomery County Auditor. She has served in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Iowa National Guard for 18 years, earning the rank of Major in the Iowa National Guard and serving as Operations Branch Chief in logistics for the Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnson, Iowa.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ernst served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Human Resources
Rules and Administration
Veterans Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ernst served on these committees:

Campaign themes


Ernst's 2011 special election Campaign site lists several key policy positions and campaign themes:

  • Eliminate Wasteful Spending
  • Create Jobs on Main Street
  • Reduce Property Taxes

English as Official Language

In 2002, Iowa passed a measure to make English the official language of the State of Iowa. In 2007, Ernst took part in a successful lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's bilingual voter registration forms.[2][3]

Candidate Forum

On December 14, 2010, Ernst and Ruth Smith (D) took part in an open forum sponsored by the Creston News Advertiser and KSIB.[4]

  • Part one of the forum can be found here.
  • Part two of the forum can be found here.



See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

Ernst ran as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Iowa. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[5][1]

Ernst officially announced her candidacy on July 10, 2013.[1]


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Ernst ran for re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. Due to redistricting, Ernst ran in District 12. Ernst ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012. No candidates filed to run in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Iowa state legislative special elections, 2011

Ernst defeated Ruth Smith (D) in the January 4, 2011 special election to Iowa State Senate District 48.[8] With 62 of 62 precincts reporting, Ernst has won with 67.4 percent of the vote.[9][10]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ernst is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Ernst raised a total of $128,208 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 19, 2013.[11]

Joni Ernst's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State Senate, District 12 Won $55,847
2011 Iowa State Senate, District 48 Won $72,361
Grand Total Raised $128,208


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ernst's reports.[12]

Joni Ernst (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$0.00$252,397$(28,112)$224,285
Year End[14]January 31, 2014$224,285$202,774$(137,544)$289,514
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$289,514$285,664$(147,978)$427,201
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2014$351,849$1,334,633$(620,317)$1,109,044
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2014$1,109,044$6,022,042$(3,492,115)$3,638,970
Running totals

Ernst raised $252,000 in her first fundraising quarter, according to reports released October 10, 2013.[18]

In a statement, Ernst said: ”I am incredibly thankful to those who have been so generous with their support over the last several weeks. Each and every contribution, no matter the amount, helps my campaign to continue to grow in momentum. I am excited to continue traveling the state and meeting with voters to share my vision of taking our shared Iowa values to Washington, D.C.”[18]


Ernst won re-election to the Iowa State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ernst raised a total of $55,847.
Iowa State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joni Ernst's campaign in 2012
John Deere & Co$5,000
Associated General Contractors of Iowa$3,000
Iowa Association Of Electric Cooperatives$3,000
Iowa Corn Growers Association$2,000
Fastenau, Jeff$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$55,847
Source:Follow the Money


Ernst and her husband, Gail, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Schoenjahn (D)
Iowa State Senate District 12
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Iowa State Senate District 48
Succeeded by
Dan Zumbach (R)