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Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Senator from Iowa, Republican

Grassley, a Republican, is a senator from Iowa and has served since Jan 5, 1981 (next election in 2022).

He was previously the representative for Iowa's 3rd congressional district (1975-1980).

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Photo of Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Grassley.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Grassley has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Grassley is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

FreedomWorks: 95% Americans for Prosperity: 87% The Club for Growth: 75% League of Conservation Voters: 19% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% Human Rights Campaign: 0% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Charles “Chuck” Grassley sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Grassley was the primary sponsor of 62 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Grassley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (22%) Education (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Immigration (9%) Law (8%) Taxation (7%) Families (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Grassley’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Grassley’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea 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.
Yea 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 ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay 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 ...
Nay H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Dec 21, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 81/14.
Nay 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.
Yea 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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Oct 2017, Grassley missed 36 of 12,478 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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Primary Sources

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