An Iowan will serve as vice chair of the Republican conference in the United States Senate, beating out a friend from Nebraska for the post.
Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst won the leadership position over Nebraska U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, had stated he wanted to add a woman to the Senate leadership team. The choice came down to Ernst or Fischer for the #5 leadership position.
The Omaha World-Herald reports supporters of both women described the close contest between them as somewhat awkward due both to their friendship and the many mutual friends they have in the Senate.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Judiciary Committee, will be the Senate president pro-temp when the 116th Congress convenes in January.