US Sen. Joni Ernst to headline McConnell Center speaker series

    US Sen. Joni Ernst

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Joni Ernst, a republican U.S. senator from Iowa, will headline the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series Friday, Oct. 21, at the University of Louisville.

    The free, public talk through the McConnell Center begins at 10 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center on UofL’s Belknap Campus.

    Ernst is the first woman from Iowa elected to federal office and served in the military for 23 years. She also has the distinction of being the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.

    In Washington, D.C., Ernst serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

    Known for her independent leadership and commitment to public service, Ernst previously was the Montgomery County Auditor where she worked to reduce government spending. As a state senator, she fought to balance the state budget and helped turn Iowa’s $900 million budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus.

    The non-partisan McConnell Center, created in 1991, prepares Kentucky’s top college students to become leaders and offers civic education for teachers, students and the public. Its Distinguished Lecture Series has brought 48 high-profile leaders to UofL’s campus.

    Tickets for Ernst’s talk can be requested at

    Matt Lambert
    Matt has served in multiple communications and marketing roles since joining UofL in 2012 and is currently a communications specialist in charge of national media outreach for research and academics. He came to UofL following a successful tenure as the Associate Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at Loyola University New Orleans. In his 20-plus year career in communications, Matt has worked as an award-winning journalist, owned his own political consulting firm and served as a communications director in the U.S. Congress. He is not only employed by UofL, but also a recent graduate, earning his MBA from the College of Business in May 2016.