Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will give the party’s response to President Joe Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the decision in a joint press release Tuesday. The Republican address will follow Biden’s address next Tuesday, March 1.

“While Washington Democrats fail working Americans, Republican governors are fighting and winning for families,” McConnell said in the statement. “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.”

Reynolds was part of a coalition of Republican governors which opposed the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate in September of last year, and pushed a 10-point plan to take on the crisis at the southern border in October. The governors also opposed Biden’s expanded mask mandates last summer, and petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in an amicus brief in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. By herself, Reynolds outlawed mask mandates in the state of Iowa and banned Critical Race Theory in Iowa’s schools. Reynolds also rejected the Biden administration’s plea to house unaccompanied migrants from the southern border in Iowa.

“Americans are in disbelief when they see how incompetent our government has become in one year, under one party rule,” McCarthy said in the statement. “But for many, disastrous decision-making in Washington has been offset by real leadership in states across the country. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds represents what it means to lead with conviction and true faith in our fellow citizens,” said Leader McCarthy. She handled COVID by choosing freedom over lockdowns and personal responsibility over mandates – leading to real economic recovery from the pandemic. She kept kids in school and critical race theory out. And she stood tall for election integrity when Speaker Pelosi tried to steal a congressional seat from Iowans. While Democrats in Washington have failed, Republicans across the country are stepping up – and America will be better off hearing Governor Reynolds’ Iowa story.”

“Republican Governors across America are leading the charge in defending liberty and securing unmatched economic prosperity in our states,” Reynolds added. 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.”

Reynolds assumed the governorship in 2017 after then-Governor Terry Brandstad stepped down to become Ambassador to China under former President Donald Trump. She was elected to her first full term as Governor in 2017. She is the first female Governor of Iowa.

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