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Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) remains popular with Iowa’s mainstream Republicans and independents.

Her protection of Iowa’s agricultural interests has been her calling card. It goes without saying that if you are a politician from Iowa, you love your farmers!

In fact, Ernst has worked closely with the Trump administration on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), seeing the trade agreement through to its signing into law. She has been quick to claim credit in this, her first re-election year.

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Ernst has been a quick study in the art of politicking her life and message. In fact, the AP reports that Senator Ernst is planning to publish a memoir in May 2020.

The title of her memoir is reported to be, “Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country That Raised Me.”

Of note and not without major significance, Joni Ernst served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1993 to 2015. She retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel–no small accomplishment. She became the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress–no small accomplishment. Ernst is the first female combat veteran elected to the US Senate–no small accomplishment.

As Ernst approaches her first re-election to the US Senate, iVoteIowa™ applauds her service record, her support of Iowa’s critical agriculture segment, her commitment to standing with President Trump on trade, tax reductions, and of course, abortion, where she has remained a consistent defender of the constitutional right to life.

On other matters, Ernst is no conservative. According to Conservative Review, her legislative voting record scorecard she has earned her a dismal “D”.

Here is a download of the details of her voting record from Conservative Review. This is her Liberty Score®, a measurement of her voting record as a stated conservative.

Careful examination of Joni’s voting record tells us she is not casting her votes in accordance with conservative principles. She’s voted for budgets that increase the deficit. She has failed to support, by insistence, border wall funding. She has not worked tirelessly to close immigration loopholes, such as birthright citizenship, visa overstays, chain migration, and the visa lottery.

Her voting record belies her common assertion that she is a conservative. On the substantive issues, she has voted 148 times as a conservative and 115 times as a liberal. She has voted conservative just 56 percent of the time, according to Conservative Review.

Below is a quick graphic summary of Senator Ernst’s voting record.

In contrast, her counterpart, Senator Chuck Grassley, has spent 39 years in Washington and sports a Liberty Score® of 58 percent. Representative Steve King votes conservative 74 percent of the time.

As Ernst comes to the voters of Iowa seeking re-election, it’s important that she be called to account for her flawed voting record. Hers is a record of big government and reckless deficit spending.

Conservative Iowans deserve a senator who will protect America’s sovereignty, close immigration loopholes, shrink the size and reach of the federal government, diminish the centralized control of education in DC, end deficit spending, return to a fiscally responsible budget process, reform Medicare and Social Security, and end abortion.

Absent a renewed public commitment to governing as a strict conservative, iVoteIowa is not prepared to endorse Senator Ernst for a second term. If she is a conservative, she should vote like a conservative.

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