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U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is OK after choking during a private Senate lunch

Ernst choked during a private senate lunch on Thursday U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., intervened and gave Ernst the Heimlich maneuver.
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Emily Nyberg
Sen. Joni Ernst listens to questions from The Daily Iowan Politics Team in her office in the Russell Office Building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is OK after choking on her meal at a private senate lunch on Thursday. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a retired ophthalmologist, successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Following the event, Ernst shared her status in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. 

“Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats. Thanks, [Sen. Rand Paul].”

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U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, shared a Fox News story via X, formerly known as Twitter, and said, “Thank God we have doctors in Congress. So grateful that [Sen. Rand Paul] was able to intervene and that [Sen. Joni Ernst] is okay.” 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, posted a photo alongside Ernst, as well as the food served by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association at the Senate lunch before news was reported that Ernst had choked. According to Washington Post reporter Liz Goodwin, the Senate lunch was for “Iowa day” and the Senate ate pork chops and ribeyes. According to Grassley’s post, the meal also included coleslaw and mac and cheese.

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Natalie Miller, Politics Reporter
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Natalie Miller is a second-year student at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to her position as a Politics Reporter, Natalie was a News Reporter focusing on Higher Education.
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