Grassley, a Republican, is a senator from Iowa and has served since Jan 5, 1981. Grassley is next up for reelection in 2022.
He was previously the representative for Iowa's 3rd congressional district (1975-1980).
Read our 2016 Report Card for Grassley.
Grassley is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Grassley has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Charles “Chuck” Grassley sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
- Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
- Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Chair, United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
- Joint Committee on Taxation
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Senate Committee on the Budget
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
Grassley was the primary sponsor of 64 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 178: Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act
- S. 419: Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017
- S. 1237: Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017
- S. 904: Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017
- S.J.Res. 14: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation ...
- S. 2893 (114th): Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act of 2016
- S. 2613 (114th): Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Grassley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Grassley’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2195: Judicial Transparency and Ethics Enhancement Act of 2017
- S. 2192: SECURE Act of 2017
- S.Res. 323: STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution
- S. 2070: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2017
- S.Res. 320: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, ...
- S. 2039: Disclosing Foreign Influence Act
- S. 1987: Pottawattamie County Reversionary Interest Conveyance Act
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H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
On the Nomination PN327: Paula Xinis, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland
May 16, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 53/34.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
H.R. 8 (112th): American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
Jan 1, 2013. Bill Passed 89/8.
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub.L. 112–240, H.R. 8, 126 Stat. 2313, enacted January 2, 2013) was passed by the United States Congress on January 1, 2013, and was signed into law by President Barack Obama the next day. The Act centers on ...
H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Dec 21, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 81/14.
On the Nomination PN399: Susan Owens Hickey, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas
Oct 13, 2011. Nomination Confirmed 83/8.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
From Jan 1981 to Dec 2017, Grassley missed 36 of 12,547 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills