Congressional Member Profiles

Sen. Joni Ernst

Sen. Joni Ernst

Republican, Iowa
Office 202-224-3254 | @SenJoniErnst | Facebook

C

Grade

2

Votes for Children

6

Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored

4

Actions Against the Interests of Children

Sen. Ernst represents a state with a child poverty rate of 13.5 percent. 5.4 percent of children in this state are in extreme poverty, 15.3 percent are food insecure, and 2.7 percent lack health insurance. During the 116th Congress, Sen. Ernst has taken 2 votes that would help the children in her state. She has introduced 1 bill and cosponsored 5 bills to help children. Sen. Ernst has taken 4 actions in support of legislation we believe to be against the interests of children.

This report card includes information on more than 800 bills introduced during this Congress. So far, Sen. Ernst has taken the following action during this Congress:

  • voted against H.R.3401 the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019.

  • voted for H.R.6074 the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.

  • voted for H.R.6201 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • co-sponsored S.2373 the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services Act.


  • co-sponsored S.2490 the Child Tax Credit Extension Act.

  • co-sponsored S.2619 the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored S.3679 the Newborn CARES Act.

  • co-sponsored S.605 the Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.69 the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.817 the Hearing Protection Act.

  • As with any scorecard, this tool is inherently limited. Some members may score differently than they might expect because a committee assignment requires they work primarily on issues outside the scope of CDF’s portfolio. Additionally, because the important work done by leadership in Congress is not entirely captured by our model, Members of Congress in leadership roles tend to appear near the middle of our range of grades. There are some data limitations as well. A truly comprehensive measure of action taken on behalf of children would likely include things like floor statements, committee votes, votes on amendments, public leadership, and much more. An expansion of this Report Card to include those additional data may be possible in the future.

    For more information on the methodology of this report card visit this page.

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