Senator Jon Ernst (R-IA) – Legislative Assistant

The Office of Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is seeking a Legislative Assistant to handle healthcare, labor, pensions, and veterans’ affairs issues. The ideal candidate will have 4 or more years of professional experience, with a comprehensive knowledge of the portfolio. Ties to Iowa, experience with managing at least one employee, and knowledge of Senate procedure are highly valued.

Committee Assignments:

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committee on Armed Services
Committee on Environment and Public Works
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee on the Judiciary

Chief of Staff: Lisa Goeas ( serves as the Chief of Staff. She joined the office in 2014. From 2005 until 2014 she worked as a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business. She was a Chief of Staff in the Small Business Administration for a year after working for Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) from 1997 to 2003. She graduated from the University of California – Berkeley and can also be found on LinkedIn.

Deputy Chief of Staff: Emilie Sekine ( serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Operations Director. She joined team Ernst in 2015 after serving the offices of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA. She graduated from Indiana University and can also be found on LinkedIn.

Legislative Director: Jena McNeill ( serves as the Legislative Director. Jena worked at the U.S. Travel Association before joining Team Ernst. See also worked on the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee via Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). She gradated from the University of Arkansas School of Law (JD) and the University of Maryland, College Park (BS). She can be found on LinkedIn.

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