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Sen. Joni Ernst

Senator from Iowa, Republican

Ernst, a Republican, is the junior senator from Iowa and has served since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2020).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Ernst.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Ernst has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Ernst is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 95% FreedomWorks: 95% The Club for Growth: 75% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% Human Rights Campaign: 0% League of Conservation Voters: 0% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Joni Ernst sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Ernst was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ernst sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (44%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Health (13%) Taxation (6%) Commerce (6%) Immigration (6%) International Affairs (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ernst’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ernst’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Oct 2017, Ernst missed 1 of 747 roll call votes, which is 0.1%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: