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Iowa's New Era: Joni Ernst takes office

Senate-elect Joni Ernst will be sworn in as the first woman from Iowa to ever serve in Congress. She'll also be Iowa's first new senator in decades.

KWWL's Jerry Gallagher heads to Washington, D.C., to cover the historic event.

He'll have reports on KWWL beginning Sunday night. Find all reports and video after they air below!

Joni Ernst rehearses State of the Union rebuttal

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Joni Ernst spent part of Tuesday morning preparing her remarks for the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union Address. More>>

Grassley: Ernst "right person" to give Republican response to State of the Union

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Tuesday's State of the Union will see an Iowan give the Republican response after President Obama's speech. More>>

Sen. Joni Ernst to deliver GOP response to State of the Union

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Newly-elected Sen. Joni Ernst will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation after President Obama's State of the Union address. More>>

Iowa's New Era: Ernst sworn into office

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The same two men have been serving Iowa in the U.S. Senate for 30 years, until now. Joni Ernst was sworn into office on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress. More>>

Iowa's New Era: Joni Ernst sworn in to U.S. Senate

Joni Ernst takes the oath during a formal ceremony Tuesday morning Joni Ernst takes the oath during a formal ceremony Tuesday morning
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Iowa has entered a new era: Republican Joni Ernst has taken the oath and is Iowa's newest senator. More>>

Ernst prepares for historic day in Washington

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Iowa voters broke the political glass ceiling in November when they elected Joni Ernst to succeed Tom Harkin. More>>

Blum getting settled in Washington, acknowledges arm twisting already happening

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It's a new year, a new Congress and a lot of fresh faces. One from Iowa is making history, but she's isn't the only freshman lawmaker from our state. More>>

Ernst on the verge of historic moment in Iowa politics

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Washington, D.C. is about to become the new home away from home for a crop of freshman lawmakers, including Senator-elect Joni Ernst. More>>

Iowa's New Era: Joni Ernst sworn in Tuesday, sits down with KWWL

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For the first time in 30 years, Iowa will have a new U.S. senator. But the firsts don't stop there. Joni Ernst will also be the first woman to represent the entire state of Iowa in Congress. More>>

Representative to replace Ernst in Iowa Senate

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A state representative has won a special election to replace Joni Ernst in the Iowa Senate. More>>

Special election to find Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's replacement

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Iowa voters pick Senator-Elect Joni Ernst's replacement Tuesday during a special election.  More>>

Libertarian candidate running for Joni Ernst's seat arrested

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A Libertarian candidate running for the Iowa Senate seat vacated by U.S. Senator-elect Joni Ernst faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge in eastern Nebraska. More>>

Rod Blum eager to get to work in Washington

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Rod Blum, Iowa's First Congressional District Representative-Elect, said in the weeks leading up to his campaign that if he was awake, he was campaigning. More>>

Sen. Tom Harkin delivers farewell speech after 40 years

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After 40 years of serving Iowa in the United States Congress, Sen. Tom Harkin has delivered his final speech on the Senate floor on Friday, Dec. 12. More>>

Ernst preparing for new challenge in 2015

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Senator-elect Joni Ernst was in Washington this week hiring staffers and seeking advice from longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. More>>

Dave Loebsack named to House Energy and Commerce Committee

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Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa has been named to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, his office announced today in a press release. More>>

GOP matches Truman-era high with 246 House seats

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans will hold at least 246 seats in the House come January, matching the post-World War II high of the Truman administration. More>>

Rod Blum to serve on US House budget and oversight committees

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The responsibilities include legislative oversight of the federal budget process, reviewing programs funded outside of the budgetary process, and also holding government accountable to taxpayers, investigating and exposing waste, fraud, and abuse.

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Special election set to find Ernst's replacement in Iowa Legislature

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Voters in six Iowa counties will cast ballots December 30 to choose Joni Ernst's replacement in the Iowa Legislature.

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Joni Ernst aide quit after drunken driving arrest

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Gretchen Hamel, a spokeswoman for Senator-elect Joni Ernst's campaign, was arrested last week on a drunken driving charge. More>>

Joni Ernst beats Bruce Braley to win U.S. Senate

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Iowa has turned a longtime Senate seat red, tipped the balance in the U.S. Senate and elected its first female U.S. senator in state history. More>>

Election Day 2014: Big races include Braley/Ernst

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After months of political ads and campaigning, Election Day 2014 has finally arrived. More>>

Iowa Poll shows big lead for Ernst

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A new poll shows good news for Republicans in the lead-up to Tuesday's election. More>>

Joni Ernst campaign bus carrying John McCain hits deer

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Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst had to send her campaign bus for repairs this week after it hit a deer in southeast Iowa. More>>

Quinnipiac Poll: Ernst leads Braley by 4 points

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With just six days left until election day, polls continue to show a tight race. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning has Senate candidate Joni Ernst increasing her lead slightly over Bruce Braley to 49 percent to 45 percent. More>>

Joni Ernst cancels meeting after paper criticized policy

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has canceled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa. More>>

Abortion issue a big focus in final debate for Braley and Ernst

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and Democratic opponent Bruce Braley have again sparred over abortion rights in their final debate. More>>

Braley, Ernst square off in 2nd U.S. Senate debate

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The 2 candidates in the hotly contested race to be Iowa's next U.S. Senator squared off in Davenport Saturday night. More>>

Braley and Ernst clash in first Senate debate Video included

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Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst clashed over health care, Social Security and foreign policy during the first debate of the Iowa Senate race. More>>

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley to face Ernst in Senate general election

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U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for U.S. Senate but was unopposed in the Democratic primary, released the following statement Tuesday night: More>>

Poll: Joni Ernst on top of Senate primary race

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A new poll shows Joni Ernst with a significant lead in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate. More>>

Joni Ernst endorsed by Sarah Palin for U.S. Senate

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United States Senate candidate Joni Ernst is getting endorsed by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. More>>

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