WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued a statement today following President-elect Trump’s announcement that he has nominated retired General John Kelly to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:

“General Kelly has led an extraordinary career of service to our country with over four decades in the United States Marine Corps, and most recently as the Commander of the United States Southern Command,” said Ernst. “With the rise of ISIS in Latin America and continued concerns about the security of our borders, I am pleased our President-elect has chosen someone with such a deep level of experience to lead the Department of Homeland Security and address these challenges. I look forward to thoroughly vetting him for this position in the Senate.”