HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) – Republican officials have tapped newly elected Iowa Senator Joni Ernst to deliver the party’s formal response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Ernst was elected to her seat in November, capturing it after years of Democratic control. She is also the first woman to represent her state in Congress. Ernst appeared at a news conference with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Hershey, Pennsylvania, site of the GOP retreat. It is customary for the party not in power in the White House to be granted national television time for a response to the president’s State of the Union address. In this case, Republicans hold control of both houses of Congress for the first time since Obama took office in 2009.
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