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

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Joni Ernst takes the oath during a formal ceremony Tuesday morning Joni Ernst takes the oath during a formal ceremony Tuesday morning
Joni Ernst takes part in a re-enactment swear-in ceremony Tuesday afternoon Joni Ernst takes part in a re-enactment swear-in ceremony Tuesday afternoon
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

Iowa has entered a new era:  Republican Joni Ernst has taken the oath and is Iowa's newest senator, succeeding Tom Harkin.

The position was made official around 11:20 a.m. CST on the Senate Floor.  Vice President Joe Biden swore lawmakers in to their new terms in groups of four.  A separate re-enactment ceremony was held this afternoon.

Ernst carried her grandmother's bible with her for the ceremony.  She'll represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate with fellow Republican Chuck Grassley.  Both Grassley and Harkin accompanied Ernst in her formal ceremony. 

Joni Ernst is the first woman from Iowa to serve in U.S. Congress.

In a statement this morning, Ernst said, "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.

KWWL's Jerry Gallagher interviewed Senator Ernst this morning.  You can see his live reports on Iowa's New Era tonight on the KWWL News at 5:00 and 6:00.

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