Biography of Chuck Grassley
Chuck Grassley is an American politician serving as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate, and the senior United States Senator from Iowa. He is currently in his seventh term in the Senate, having first been elected in 1980. Similarly, a member of the Republican Party, Grassley previously served eight terms in the Iowa House of Representatives (1959–1975) and three terms in the United States House of Representatives (1975–1981).
Grassley was born in New Hartford, Iowa, the son of Ruth (née Corwin) and Louis Arthur Grassley, and raised on a farm. Furthermore, he graduated from the town high school and at Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa), he earned a B.A. in 1955 and an M.A. in Political Science in 1956. Further, during his time as a student, Grassley joined the social-professional Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
during the 1950s, Grassley farmed and worked in factories in Iowa, first as a sheet metal shearer and then as an assembly line worker. Likewise, he pursued a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Iowa, but ultimately did not complete the degree. From 1967–1968, Grassley taught at Charles City College. Furthermore, Grassley represented parts of Butler County in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1959 until 1975. He then served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1981.
He is the longest-serving senator in Iowa history. In 1992, he won a third term with 69 percent of the vote even as Bill Clinton carried the state in the presidential election.
Likewise, Grassley tied a knot to Barbara Ann Speicher on August 23, 1954, Similarly, the couple has five children, Lee, Wendy, Robin, Michele, and Jay. Grassley is a member of The Family, the organization that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast. His grandson Pat Grassley is a member of the Iowa House of Representatives.
Since 2009, Grassley received the Health Policy Hero award from the National Center for Health Research for his 2004 oversight of legislative reforms and accountability of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Full Name: Charles Ernest Grassley
- Date of Birth: September 17, 1933
- Age: 85
- Birthplace: New Hartford, Iowa, U.S.
- Political party: Republican
- Spouse(s): Barbara Speicher (since m. 1954)
- Education: University of Northern Iowa (BA, MA), University of Iowa
- Office: Senator (R-IA) since 1981
- Previous office: Representative, IA 3rd District (1975–1981)
- Children: Lee Grassley, Jay Grassley, Robin Grassley, Wendy Grassley, Michele Grassley
- Net Worth: $3336536 (since 2015)
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