Joni Ernst elected to Senate GOP leadership

WASHINGTON, Iowa (CNN) — For the first time in a decade, a woman was elected to a GOP leadership role in the Senate.

Joni Ernst will be the vice chair of the Republican for the 116th Congress. The Iowa Republican will be the first-ranking member of the party’s leadership in the Senate next year.

Ernst is the first woman to serve in a leadership capacity for the party since 2009.

Republicans shifted a few lawmakers into different roles, just a week after preserving their Senate Majority in the midterm elections.

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