WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Mr. Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. Trade Representative (USTR):

“With Iowa leading the nation in pork, corn, egg, and soybean production, establishing new and aggressive trade agreements, along with strengthening existing relationships, is critical for growing Iowa’s economy,” said Ernst. “In addition to advocating for our manufacturers, Mr. Lighthizer pledged to promote our agricultural trade priorities, and I will work to ensure he maintains those commitments so that Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers are able to sell their goods competitively in the global market.”