WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain of Arizona.

"The passing of Senator McCain is a loss for our country that cannot be captured in any statement or words; he personified our country and stood for the values we hold dear.  Our country is overwhelmed with grief at his loss.  I sincerely appreciated Senator McCain's mentorship and inclusion as a fellow veteran and I will always remember him fondly for his tenacious spirit."