Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to join Senate GOP leadership

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Iowa’s voice is getting louder in D.C. as Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) wins a leadership role.

Wednesday, her fellow Senate republicans voted for Ernst to be their vice chair.

Ernst said, "The opportunity to take Iowa's voices and present them on the leadership team, I think there's a lot we can collaborate on."

She defeated Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) for the job.

Ernst is the first woman elected to Republican Senate leadership since 2010.

She said, “I think it’s long overdue. I do.”

Ernst also said colleagues in the Senate, not GOP leadership, asked her to serve in this role.

Ernst said, “I am an outsider and there are a lot of people who are dissatisfied with the current structure of, the state of leadership. So just bringing a new dimension into the leadership team, being able to represent opposing voices when necessary, and being able to work collaboratively as a team when we need to as well.”

Ernst will take her leadership post early next year when the newly-elected senators are sworn into office.

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