It’s official. Today, Iowa’s very own Chuck Grassley becomes 10th longest-serving Senator in U.S. history with 39.3 years of service. Iowans first elected Grassley to the United States Senate back in 1980. Today he serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee as well as President pro tempore. In case you’ve forgotten, The president pro tempore is third in the line of presidential succession, following the vice president and the speaker, #NBD. In honor of this milestone, we here at Iowa Field Report have compiled ten great facts and ten great tweets from the pride of Butler County. Enjoy.
- After being elected in 1980, Grassley has received bipartisan support from Iowans in each of his reelections always receiving more than 60% of the vote. In 2004 he received over 70% of the vote!
- Even when the Senate is in session, Chuck comes back to Iowa almost every weekend.
- Chuck Grassley visits all of Iowa’s 99 counties every single year. He does this to stay connected to the people he represents. His approach is the gold standard for other politicians and elected officials. The practice is now referred to as doing the “Full Grassley”
- He holds the record for the longest length of time without missing a vote in the history of the US Senate.
- The last time Chuck Grassley missed a vote it was because a terrible flood had ravaged the state in 1993. Grassley stayed to personally help President Clinton assess the damage.
- There are only two farmers serving in the US Senate and Chuck Grassley is one of them.
- He married Mrs. Grassley in 1954, meaning they have been married for over 66 years!
- Before he was elected to the US Senate, Grassley served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1959 to 1975 and then in the US House of Representatives from 1975 to 1981.
- In the Senate, he has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for accountability and transparency in government, protections for whistleblowers, and tax cuts. He also works closely with his Democratic colleagues to find bipartisan solutions to issues Americans face like healthcare costs, the opioid epidemic, and Human trafficking.
- Grassley’s grandson, Pat Grassley was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2007. Today, Pat is the Speaker of the Iowa House.
Time for the Tweets!
#10 Grassley hated Market Grilles before it was cool.
Thank God I could enjoy my meatloaf from the counter at the Harlan Hyvee. No market grille. Just like old times. U can always count on seeing a smile in every aisle + good Iowa service
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 7, 2018
#9 Not so much History Channel.
I turn to History channel frequently bc I like history. There is nevr any history unless u r an antique dealer. Change name!
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 2, 2012
#8 But wait, Is there still hope?
Hurry Hurry watch some history on History Channel before it disappears for something not so historical
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) December 25, 2016
#7 Could be a pool reporter for the press.
Somebody fr whitehouse just chkd sound system for pope visit. The gentleman correctly counted 1to 10 and did it loudly
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 23, 2015
#6 Think the Pope and Chuck connected?
Welcome to Twitter Pope Benedict. U will find it useful and interesting
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) December 3, 2012
#5 Here’s a classic.
Fred and I hit a deer on hiway 136 south of Dyersville. After I pulled fender rubbing on tire we continued to farm. Assume deer dead
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 26, 2012
Seen dead deer on way church. They didn’t hit my car Unsafe if u drive in area where deer congregate Iowa needs longer season to kill more
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 19, 2012
Work on farm Fri. Burning piles of brush WindyFire got out of control. Thank God for good naber He help get undr control PantsBurnLegWound
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 11, 2009
#2 He’s speaking my language.
My local steak house serves nothing but vegetarian bc cows are vegetarian
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 26, 2012
#1 – The best for last.
Windsor Heights Dairy Queen is good place for u kno what
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 3, 2014
God Bless Chuck Grassley! Thank you for your leadership and service.
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