Joni Ernst

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Joni Ernst
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Iowa State Senate District 12
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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
Personal
ProfessionMontgomery County Auditor
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Joni Ernst is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 12 since 2013. She previously represented District 48 from January 4, 2011 to 2013. In the 2013 session, Ernst serves as an Assistant Minority Leader.

Ernst, a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, earned a Bachelors of Science from Iowa State University and Masters of Public Administration from Columbus College. She has served in the US Army Reserves and the Iowa National Guard for 18 years. She holds the rank of Major in the Iowa National Guard and serves as Operations Branch Chief in logistics for the Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnson, Iowa. She spent 14 months mobilized in Kuwait in 2003-2004. Ernst is currently serving her sixth year as Montgomery County Auditor. She has been married to her husband Gail for 18 years. They have three children.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

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

2011-2012

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

Campaign themes

2011

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.

Elections

2012

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.[5][6]

2011

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.[7] With 62 of 62 precincts reporting, Ernst has won with 67.4 percent of the vote.[8][9]

Campaign donors

2012

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Schoenjahn (D)
Iowa State Senate District 12
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Iowa State Senate District 48
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Dan Zumbach (R)