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Chuck Grassley
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President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate
Assumed office
January 21, 2021
Preceded by Patrick Leahy
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 21, 2021
Preceded by Orrin Hatch
Succeeded by Patrick Leahy
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 21, 2021
Preceded by Orrin Hatch
Succeeded by Ron Wyden
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Max Baucus
Succeeded by Max Baucus
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded by Max Baucus
Succeeded by Max Baucus
United States Senator
from Iowa
Assumed office
January 3, 1981
Serving with Joni Ernst
Preceded by John Culver
Chair of the Senate Narcotics Caucus
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded by Dianne Feinstein
Succeeded by John Cornyn
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded by Patrick Leahy
Succeeded by Lindsey Graham
Chair of the Senate Aging Committee
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by William Cohen
Succeeded by John Breaux
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by H. R. Gross
Succeeded by Cooper Evans
Member of the
Iowa House of Representatives
from Butler County
In office
January 12, 1959 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Wayne Ballhagen
Succeeded by Raymond Lageschulte
Constituency 73rd district (1959–1971)
10th district (1971–1973)
37th district (1973–1975)
Personal details
Born
Charles Ernest Grassley

September 17, 1933 (1933-09-17) (age 87)
New Hartford, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Barbara Speicher (m. 1954)
Children 5
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa (BA, MA)
University of Iowa
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Charles Ernest "Chuck" Grassley (born September 17, 1933) is the senior U.S. Senator from Iowa. He was the 91st Senate President pro tempore from 2019 until 2021. He has been Senator since 1981. He was also in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1981. Before that he was in the Iowa state legislature from 1959 to 1974.

In January 2019, Grassley became the most senior Republican serving in the United States Senate due to the retirement of Orrin Hatch and the resignation of Thad Cochran. After the Republicans kept control of the Senate in the 2018 elections, Grassley became the 91st Senate President pro tempore.

In January 2021, when Republicans lost control of the U.S. Senate, Patrick Leahy became President pro tempore while Grassley became President pro tempore emeritus.

On November 17, 2020, Grassley announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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