Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), left, and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), right.

The House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee has 15 new members, and the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee has four new members. Newsline is helping to introduce them short bios. This week: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.).

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa): Elected in 2014 after 23 years in the U.S. Army, she is the first female combat veteran in the Senate. She also serves on the Senate’s Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and the Committee on Small Business and Administration. Ernst is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.): First elected to Congress in 2010, her district encompasses parts of northwest Miami-Dade and southern Broward counties. She serves on the T&I Committee’s Water Resources and Environment; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, and Highways and Transit subcommittees. A former teacher and principal, she graduated from Fisk University and the University of Miami.