WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State:

“As the CEO of one of the largest companies in the world, Rex Tillerson spent his career managing multinational operations and negotiating complex business deals with a number of foreign governments and business leaders around the world, providing him with unique insights and a broad understanding of the geopolitical landscape. Mr. Tillerson is a deal-maker, whose international business experience will be critical when working with other nations on important matters, like combatting the rise of ISIS, curbing Russian aggression, and preventing the growth of Iran’s nuclear program.  

“Mr. Tillerson will serve as an advocate of our national interests, and I look forward to working with him to address the many challenges we face to restore American leadership across the world.”