WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced President Trump’s Associate Attorney General nominee, Rachel L. Brand of Pella, Iowa, to the Senate Judiciary Committee at her confirmation hearing.

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The following is the full text of Senator Ernst’s remarks:

Thank you, Chairman Grassley.

It is my privilege to be here today to introduce a native Iowan, Rachel Brand, who has been nominated to be Associate Attorney General of the United States.

After graduating from Pella Christian High School in Pella, Iowa and the University of Minnesota-Morris, Ms. Brand went on to receive her law degree from Harvard Law School.

After law school, Ms. Brand embarked on an impressive legal career in both private practice and public practice. In fact, she has at one time or another served in all three branches of government – she was previously confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, and before that, she clerked for Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States. And perhaps the most prestigious of all – she worked as an intern for Senator Grassley.

In addition to her public service, Ms. Brand has had a distinguished career in private practice, has taught as an adjunct law professor, and serves as a board member for Doorways for Women and Families – an organization dedicated to creating pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Ms. Brand has shown time and time again a commitment to public service, and if she is confirmed, it is my understanding that she will be the first woman to serve the country as Associate Attorney General of the United States. I am honored to be here today to support her for this position, and I look forward to what I hope will be a speedy approval of her nomination.

Thank you, Chairman Grassley.