(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A Senate newcomer will deliver the Republicans' rebuttal to the State of the Union Address.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has more from Washington:

She's been a U.S. Senator for fewer than two weeks, but next week Iowa Republican Joni Ernst will have her party's top billing after the State of the Union Address.

(Ernst) "Growing up on a southwest Iowa farm years ago, I never, never would have imagined that I would have this opportunity."

Ernst was tapped by Republican Congressional leaders to deliver the party's official response to the President. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying Ernst will talk about how the new Congress will help the middle class.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.