Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Party’s response to President Joe Biden’s State Of the Union Address. Reynolds will deliver her speech next Tuesday, March 1, after the President’s remarks. The decision was announced today by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“While Washington Democrats fail working Americans, Republican governors are fighting and winning for families. Governor Kim Reynolds’ brave, bold, and successful leadership for Iowans has put her right at the front of that pack. She fought COVID without forgetting common sense and protected Iowans’ health and their rights at the same time. She’s defended kids and parents with laws that have kept students in classrooms and woke propaganda out. She has even taken action to address our border crisis while the Biden Administration makes it worse. I am thrilled the American people will hear directly from Gov. Reynolds. The President and his team should take notes.” Leader McConnell said.
“Republican Governors across America are leading the charge in defending liberty and securing unmatched economic prosperity in our states. The Biden Administration is governing from the far-left, ignoring the problems of working-class Americans while pushing an agenda that stifles free speech, free thought, and economic freedom. The American people have had enough, but there is an alternative and that’s what I look forward to sharing on Tuesday evening,” Gov. Reynolds said.
Fellow Iowan and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst praised the decision to select Reynolds for the address. In a statement to the media after the news broke, Ernst said she should think of no one better for the task.
I can’t think of a better person to make the case for freedom and liberty and against the radical Biden agenda than @IAGovernor. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/hR5gFjWnms
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) February 22, 2022
Reynolds earned considerable praise and extensive national media coverage during the Covid-19 pandemic for her decision to require schools to open for full-time in-person learning. She was the first governor in the country to do so.