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Ernst preparing for new challenge in 2015

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The campaign may be over, but Senator-elect Joni Ernst says she is just getting started.

The recently elected Republican was in Washington this week. She's meeting her future colleagues, hiring staffers and seeking advice from longtime Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

She's also planning to visit every county in Iowa next year.

Ernst scored a decisive victory in November, helping the GOP take control of the Senate. She started the race as a relatively unknown state senator but soared to national stardom, promoting her farm upbringing and military background.

Looking ahead, Ernst says she hopes to serve on either the armed services or agriculture committees. She plans to focus on issues she addressed during the campaign, like changes to the tax code.

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