Hat/Tip to IJR.
Joni Ernst was elected as Iowa’s first female US Senator last Tuesday as part of the massive GOP landslide which saw the Party retake the majority in the the Upper House of Congress.
She is an Iowan, born and raised, and has served in the armed forces for over 20 years. For 14 months between 2003 and 2004 she was deployed in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Presently she commands the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard.
Now, as if all that isn’t amazing enough, it is what she was caught doing two days after that election that really points to her true character.
She put on her uniform and clocked in at her part-time job as mentioned above, as Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard.
Lt. Col. Joni Ernst has been juggling her civilian and military lives since joining the National Guard in 1993. She is on duty every week, according to her husband Gail, who told National Review:
Not many folks know she is in uniform on Thursday and Friday. She does it without fanfare.
Ernst, a combat veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom, has told the Guard she wants no special treatment, but had to re-schedule her drilling from last weekend to till after the election. Iowa Guard Spokesman, Greg Hapgood, told National Review:
We serve regardless of our situations and Colonel Ernst doesn’t want to be treated any differently.
She has been on duty throughout her amazing campaign and during her tenure as a State Senator. The hard working former pig farmer broke out of the primary pack with her hilarious ad about going to Washington and making them ‘squeal.’ She never looked back, beating Bruce Braley, the hand-selected heir to retiring Senator Tom Harkin.
Come on, what’s not to like?