KIMT News 3 – You could say the state of Iowa is a little behind the curve when it comes to having female representation on a national level, but all of that could soon change.
State Sen. Joni Ernst won the republican primary election on Tuesday, which means that she is only one election away from making Iowa history.
The Hawkeye State has never had a woman elected into such a high profile position, but one area lawmaker says that this is something that is long overdue.
House Majority Leader and State Rep. Linda Upmeyer, (R) Clear Lake, says that Iowa has been ready for this kind of representation for a while, but it was all about finding the right person.
“I have always believed that Iowa was perfectly willing and ready to elect a woman,” Upmeyer says, “but I think Iowa is a little bit conservative leaning and so I think that we needed to have a woman that leaned a little bit conservative in order for people to get behind her, and that is clearly Joni.”
Not only will this make history for Iowa, but Upmeyer believes that this could be the start of something bigger.
She says that because Ernst is a political figure but is also a mother and a grandmother, it is setting an empowering example for other women across the state.
“I think it will be a good example for other women to stand up and do similar kinds of races…and just understanding that they can do it,” she says.
Ernst has one more hurdle to get through and that will be going up against Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) in the November election.
Joni Ernst was elected by Iowa Republicans to be the GOP Party endorsed candidate for the election and she is also endorsed by the Right Now Women’s Political Action Committee (PAC).