Chuck (Chuck) Grassley (R)

US Senator Chuck Grassley

Chuck (Chuck) Grassley (R)
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Capitol: 202.224.3744
FAX: 202.224.6020
District: 563.322.4331
Room 135 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-1501
531 Commercial Street
Waterloo, IA 50701-5497
Residence:Cedar Falls, IA

Committee Assignments

RM MemberSenate Committee on Budget
ChairmanSenate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
FC MemberSenate Beef Caucus
RM MemberSenate Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
Co-ChairSenate Baltic Freedom Caucus
ChairmanSenate Caucus on Foster Youth
Co-ChairCongressional Trademark Caucus
ChairmanJoint Whistleblower Protection Caucus
FC MemberSenate Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security
FC MemberSenate Anti-Methamphetamine Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights
MemberJoint Committee on Taxation
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
MemberSenate Committee on the Judiciary
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberSenate Community College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade
FC MemberCongressional Czech Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
MemberJoint Economic Committee
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberSenate General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
FC MemberSenate Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial Security and Life Insurance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


Born- Sept. 17, 1933, New Hartford, Iowa Family- Married Barbara Speicher 1954; Five children, Lee, Wendy, Robin, Michele, Jay Occupation- Farmer (son, Robin, currently operates family farm); sheet metal shearer 1959-1961; assembly line worker 1961-1971; elected to Iowa Legislature 1958; U.S. House of Representatives 1974, U.S. Senate 1980 Education- B.A. 1955, M.A. 1956 Political Science, University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. work, University of Iowa Memberships- Farm Bureau, the Butler County and State of Iowa Historical Societies, Pi Gamma Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, International Association of Machinists 1962-71, Masons, Eagles, Baptist Church Committees- Judiciary (Chairman), Finance, Budget, Agriculture, Joint Tax, Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control (Chairman), Senate Caucus on Foster Youth (Co-Chair) Iowans have placed their trust in Chuck Grassley to serve as one of Iowa's U.S. Senators since 1981. By every measure, Senator Grassley works tirelessly to earn that trust. Senator Grassley was sworn in as Senate president pro tempore for the 116th Congress which places him third in the presidential line of succession. As he takes up the reins to chair the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Grassley expects to continue vigorous congressional oversight of the executive branch to make sure the federal government does its job. He will also build upon his longstanding record to work across the aisle to solve problems. In all his work, Senator Grassley puts the needs of Iowans first. No matter which political party controls Congress or the White House, Senator Grassley conducts robust oversight of the federal bureaucracy and expects answers from the executive branch. He says transparency is an effective and crucial tool for holding government accountable. Senator Grassley has been referred to as the patron saint of whistleblowers for his efforts to strengthen protections to help those who come forward to report wrongdoing. The Grassley amendments to the "False Claims Act" have been used effectively to recover more than $56 billion to the U.S. Treasury. His IRS whistleblower reforms have restored more than $3 billion to federal coffers. His guardianship of good government extends beyond dollars and cents. His work to support whistleblowers who shine light on waste, fraud and abuse has helped to expose misconduct and clean up wrongdoing at the FBI, the Secret Service, the Pentagon, the U.S. Marshals Service, the IRS, Veterans Affairs and more. Senator Grassley is co-chairman and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus that advocates for enforcement and expansion of whistleblower protection laws. A lifelong family farmer, Senator Grassley brings a reality check to the policymaking tables when it comes to American agriculture. From the farm bill, to trade, taxes, energy, health care, bankruptcy and the federal regulatory regime, Senator Grassley is a fierce advocate for farmers and families who live and work in Rural America. Iowa's energy and economic landscape have benefited tremendously from federal renewable energy policies that Senator Grassley has worked to secure into law. Due in large measure to his advocacy and leadership, Iowa's alternative energy portfolio has triggered tremendous investment in corn-based ethanol and next generation cellulosic ethanol, soy-diesel, wind energy and more. Clean energy drives economic growth, job creation, broadens the tax base, adds value to crops and farmland and attracts new investment to Iowa for business and industry seeking affordable, clean energy. Iowa now produces more than one-third of its electricity from wind. That puts Iowa first in the nation to achieve this clean energy milestone. Senator Grassley's work as a good government watchdog benefits from a no-nonsense commitment to truth and transparency for the taxpaying public. He champions the public's right to know and pushes for stronger Freedom of Information laws and supports independent inspectors general and legislation to allow cameras in federal courtrooms. When he gets a whiff of potential wrongdoing, Senator Grassley sinks in his teeth and digs in his heels to get answers. For example, his work to ensure federal health programs effectively serve taxpayers, patients and providers includes his oversight of overpayments for widely prescribed pharmaceuticals including EpiPen, Dilaudid and Prilosec. Working to keep the spotlight shining on the misclassification of prescription drugs is fueled by the egregious overcharges on the taxpayers' dime and his efforts to recoup reimbursement to taxpayers. Senator Grassley's creed of ethics and accountability gives Iowans strong and effective leadership. He works to ensure the laws passed by Congress are faithfully executed and our system of checks and balances is functioning as the Founders intended. Senator Grassley keeps close tabs on the enforcement of immigration laws enacted to uphold U.S. sovereignty, ensure border security and protect the safety of Americans. Following the death of Iowan Sarah Root, who was killed by a drunk driver living illegally in the country, Senator Grassley introduced legislation to strengthen enforcement and increase penalties for violators of U.S. immigration laws that result in the death of or serious injury to a U.S. citizen. Using his key committee assignments to benefit Iowans, Senator Grassley works to lessen excessive regulatory and tax burdens that make it harder for families to get ahead and stay ahead. Our nation's founders established a constitutional framework for economic freedom, innovation and opportunity to limit government's role in society. His work on the Senate Budget and Finance committees is driven by an acute understanding that Washington can't spend, tax and borrow America's way to prosperity.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1980    Next Election: 2028
Spouse: Barbara Ann Speicher   DOB: 9/17/1933