WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson to be Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

“Dr. Carson has first-hand knowledge about the importance of building strong communities and the need for affordable housing for all Americans. Washington must work together to foster economic development and stability in the market. I look forward to working with this administration to build and strengthen our rural communities across the U.S.”