Charles Grassley

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U.S. Senator

Charles Grassley




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on the Budget, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the IA-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

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Charles Ernest "Chuck" Grassley, a Republican, is the senior Senator from Iowa. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Grassley voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support of ethanol

Grassley is a staunch supporter of developing E-85 ethanol as an alternative to gasoline.

On May 4, 2007, he sent letters to top oil executives asking them to explain why they allegedly implemented policies to discourage the sale of ethanol despite their March 14, 2006, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee where they promised to expand the availability of alternative fuels. In a statement accompanying the letter, Grassley said that "it appears Big Oil is throwing up roadblocks every chance they get." [1]

CLEAN Energy Act resistance

Grassley opposed the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007, which addressed royalties and tax breaks previously afforded to oil and gas companies. He called the bill "another pig in the poke" that targets incentives necessary to promote domestic drilling.[2]

Main article: CLEAN Energy Act of 2007#Senate

Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

On February 1, 2005, Grassley introduced a Senate version of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which made sweeping changes to American bankruptcy laws, affecting both consumer and business bankruptcies. Many of the bill's provisions were explicitly designed to make it "more difficult for people to file for bankruptcy" in order to curb abuse. The House version of the bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on April 20, 2005.[3]

Main article: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005


Grassley introduced the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), to the Senate on June 23, 2005. The bill, modeled after NAFTA, aimed to create a free trade zone between the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as set up a separate trade agreement with the Dominican Republic. It was signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 2, 2005.

Main article: U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement

Healthcare Reform

Hypocrisy on Individual Mandate

While noting that "some people look at [individual mandates] as an infringement upon individual freedom", Grassley originally spoke out in support of requiring individuals to purchase health insurance as part of healthcare reform legislation, comparing it to requirements for automobile insurance.[4] He also did not object to individual mandates when the subject was specifically raised by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, and later stated that the way to get universal coverage is "through an individual mandate."[5] Nevertheless, after months of negotiations, he later joined other Republicans in attacking the individual mandate provision of healthcare reform plans.[6][7]


Grassley was born September 17, 1933 in New Hartford, Iowa. He lived in Iowa during his early life and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1955 and received a graduate degree from the same university in 1956.

Grassley, a former assembly line worker and farmer, has been involved in public service for much of his adult life. He served as a legislator in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1959 until 1974, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in the House from 1975-1981. He was elected to his Senate seat in 1980, defeating the Democratic incumbent, John Culver, who had only served one term. Grassley was reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Leon Medical Centers$ 34,600
Berkshire Hathaway$ 30,700
Chevron Corp$ 29,600
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 29,500
Intellectual Ventures LLC$ 22,000
Monsanto Co$ 20,500
AG Processing$ 20,000
WPP Group$ 19,800
Archer Daniels Midland$ 18,750
Occidental Petroleum$ 18,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Charles Grassley
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


  • Member, The Family, a group that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast.

More Background data


DC office
  • 135 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3744 Fax: 202-224-6020
    Webform email
District offices
  • 206 Federal Building, 101 First Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1227
    Ph: 319-363-6832 Fax: (none entered)
  • 307 Federal Building, 8 South Sixth Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    Ph: 712-322-7103 Fax: (none entered)
  • 131 West Third Street, Suite 180, Davenport, IA 52801
    Ph: 563-322-4331 Fax: (none entered)
  • 721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309-2140
    Ph: 515-288-1145 Fax: (none entered)
  • 120 Federal Building, 320 Sixth Street, Sioux City, IA 51101-1244
    Ph: 712-233-1860 Fax: (none entered)
  • 210 Waterloo Building, 531 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA 50701-5497
    Ph: 319-232-6657 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Articles and resources

See also


  1. Jeremy Jacobs, "Grassley demands answers on ethanol from oil execs ," The Hill, May 4, 2007.
  2. H. Josef Ebert, "House Rolls Back Big Oil Subsidies," CBS News, January 19, 2007.
  3. "Opening Statement of Sen. Chuck Grassley at the Bankruptcy Reform Hearing," Senate Committee on the Judiciary, February 10, 2005.
  4. DemRapidResponse, "Grassley Endorses Individual Mandates" Youtube.
  5. Sam Stein, "Conservatives Turn Their Sights On Health Care Reform's Most Obvious Provision" Huffington Post, September 22, 2009.
  6. Igor Volsky, "Grassley Develops New Opposition To Individual Mandate, Proposes Re-Insurance Scheme" Think Progress, September 18, 2009.
  7. Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy, "GOP Assails Health-Plan Mandate" Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2009.

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