‘I Do Feel That it Happened for a Reason,’ Sen. Ernst Says of Private Details of Alleged Rape and Abuse That Became Public
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, said she isn't sure she would have ever voluntarily discussed painful moments of her past but said her stories are now helping others. "I do feel that it happened for a reason," Ernst said. Ernst claimed that her ex-husband, Gail, physically attacked her while they were married. Those details became public in January in her divorce papers, first published by Cityview.