Joni Ernst net worth net worth and Biography
Joni Ernst net worth net worth 2021: Ernst was considered a “long shot” at the start of her Senate campaign but was boosted by support from the Koch brothers and an ad that gained nationwide attention in which she referenced her experience castrating pigs, saying she would “cut pork” in Congress.
Having been strongly critical of President Barack Obama, she has been characterized as a reliable ally of President Donald Trump, and was thought to be a possible running mate in his 2016 campaign.
Ernst opposes legalized abortion, and has supported a fetal personhood amendment and introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. She opposes the Affordable Care Act and has called for reforms to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. She has indicated concern, although not opposition, to Trump’s trade war with China and criticized some aspects of his foreign policy. While supporting both Trump’s nominees for EPA administrator, she has expressed concern over their commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. She rejects human-caused climate change. At times, Ernst has appeared to support the idea that states can nullify federal laws, and has advocated for the elimination of federal departments such as the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the federal minimum wage.
Early life and career
Ernst was born Joni Kay Culver in Montgomery County, Iowa, the daughter of Marilyn and Richard Culver. She was valedictorian of her class at Stanton Community School District High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University. In college, she took part in an agricultural exchange to the Soviet Union.
Ernst joined Iowa State University’s ROTC program at age 20 and the United States Army Reserve after graduating. She served as a logistics officer and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard.
In 2003–2004, she spent 12 months in Kuwait as the company commander of the 1168th Transportation Company, during the Iraq War. Near the end of her career, she served as the commanding officer of the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Camp Dodge, the Iowa Army National Guard’s largest battalion. Upon her retirement from the military in 2015, Ernst had served 23 years in the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.
In an interview with Time Magazine in 2014, Ernst said that she was sexually harassed in the military, saying, “I had comments, passes, things like that” that she was able to stop, and said she would support removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command.
In 1992, Ernst then Joni Culver married Gail Ernst. The Ernsts have one daughter, Libby. On August 27, 2018, Ernst announced that she and her husband were in the process of obtaining a divorce.
In a sworn affidavit, Ernst stated that she had declined then-candidate Trump’s offer to be his vice-presidential running mate because Gail “hated any successes had and would belittle and get angry any time would achieve a goal”, and that she made “sacrifices out of concern for Gail and family.”
Gail said that he “gave up his aspirations” to support Ernst’s pursuit of her political ambitions. The divorce was finalized in January 2019, with Joni Ernst alleging that Gail had verbally and mentally abused her and on one occasion physically assaulted her. The Ernsts accused each other of infidelity; both denied the respective accusations.
In her first interview after her divorce, Ernst revealed that she had been raped in college.
Joni Ernst Net Worth
Joni Ernst net worth is $300,000