WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Iowa Representative Jack Drake.

"Jack was a phenomenal voice for our agricultural community and our great state. I was honored to serve with Jack in the state legislature and always valued his hard work and in-depth knowledge on the issues most important to Iowans. Jack was a good friend and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Shirley and their family during this difficult time."

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