Charles Ernest Grassley is the senior Republican in the United States Senate. He is in his seventh term in the Senate, having first been elected in 1980. Grassley served eight terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He has served three stints as Senate Finance Committee chairman during periods of Republican Senate majority.
About Chuck Grassley in brief
Charles Ernest Grassley is the senior Republican in the United States Senate. He is in his seventh term in the Senate, having first been elected in 1980. Grassley served eight terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. He has served three stints as Senate Finance Committee chairman during periods of Republican Senate majority. When Orrin Hatch’s Senate term ended on January 3, 2019, Grassley became the most senior Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He was elected president pro tempore of the Senate for the 116th United States Congress, making him third in the presidential line of succession after the vice president and speaker of the House. He was born in New Hartford, Iowa, the son of Ruth and Louis Arthur Grassley, and raised on a farm. He pursued a Ph. D. in political science at the University of Iowa, but ultimately did not complete the degree. He taught at Charles City College from 1967 to 1968. Grassley represented parts of Butler County in theIowa House of House from 1959 to 1975. He then served in the US House of Reps. from 1975 to 1981. In November 1981, Grassley was one of 32 senators to sign a letter to President Reagan supporting Director of the Office of Management and Budget David Stockman. In October 1983, Grassley voted against establishing a legal holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. In February 1989, he voted to raise the pay schedule for federal employees. In January 1989, as the Senate Judiciary Committee met on the Supreme Court nomination of Douglas H. Ginsburg, Grassley released the text of a letter he intended to send to the American Bar Association suggesting the association review Ginsburg’s record.
Grassley joined Jesse Helms in resisting the nomination of Anthony Kennedy, saying that he would have preferred another nominee such as John Clifford Wallace II or John Clifford Bowman II. He said he would not support Kennedy’s next Supreme Court choice, saying he would rather have been appointed by President George H.W. Bush. In April 1989, Grassley questioned how senators would decline federal program increases if the first thing out of the box was a pay raise. He voted against a bill that would have increased the pay of federal employees by $1,000 a year. In May 1987, the Senate Appropriations Committee defeated an attempt by Grassley to hasten payments of corn and other feed grain subsidies ahead of the scheduled payment taking place after October 1. In 2004, Grassley co-sponsored legislation giving King a posthumous award, which became law on October 25 that year. Grassley said that he voted against the holiday due to an “economic decision both in the cost to the broader economy in lost productivity, and the cost of the taxpayers with the federal government closed.” He likened the groups lobbying against Bork’s nomination to the McCarthyism of the 1950s: “The big lie is standard operating procedure for some of these groups. All you have to do is repeat the same outrageous charges, and repeat them so often that people believe they are true”