WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued a statement today following President-elect Trump’s announcement that he has nominated Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to serve as the United States Ambassador to China and on Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds’ future role as Governor:

“President-elect Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Governor Terry Branstad as the United States Ambassador to China; his experience with China speaks for itself and he will excel in this new role,” stated Ernst. “Having worked alongside the Governor for many years, I know he will exemplify the same leadership, thoughtfulness, and dedication in his role as Ambassador to China on behalf of the United States as he did for the people of Iowa. I’d like to congratulate Terry, his wife Chris, and their children, and wish them the very best as they embark on this new adventure.

“Additionally, I am thrilled to congratulate Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds who will become the first woman to serve our state as governor. The Lieutenant Governor is a tireless advocate for Iowa and travels around our great state to ensure she is hearing directly from those who know best: Iowans. Iowa has been, and will continue to be, in good hands under her leadership.”

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