U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released of remarks she made shortly after being sworn in today as Iowa’s newest and first female U.S. Senator.

You can watch the video here or below.

Here is the transcript:

Hi, I’m Joni Ernst. I am truly honored and humbled to speak to you today as Iowa’s newest United States Senator.

As I’ve said before, it is certainly a long way from Red Oak to Washington, D.C. But now that I am here, I am excited that I am in a position to bring our way – the Iowa way, with me on this important journey. What does the Iowa Way mean to me? Well, in part, it is about working with our neighbors to find solutions to the many problems we face rather than resorting to politics as usual that most Americans have come to expect from Washington. But let me be clear, I am here to work for you in order to craft and implement real solutions as we chart a new path forward for our nation.

Like so many Iowans, I also believe in the importance of hard work, service and sacrifice.  As a mother, soldier and independent voice, I am committed to bringing these very values to Washington.

During this Congress, there is no limit to what can be accomplished when we work together.  We must help grow a vibrant economy, ensure our veterans receive promised quality care and that our military has the tools to defend our nation’s security, protect Iowa farmers and our vital agricultural interests, and ensure the federal government runs effectively and efficiently.

America’s greatness comes from the people not government. I believe that you know what is best for Iowa more than those in Washington, which is why I am launching my 99 county tour across the state in the next few weeks to ensure I meet and hear from as many of my fellow Iowans as possible. Please also visit my website Ernst.Senate.Gov and tell me what you would like to see Congress accomplish.

Together, we will work together and build an America that ensures that we leave a better Iowa and a better country for our children and grandchildren.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you and may God continue to bless the great State of Iowa and the United States of America.

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