Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Senator from Iowa, Republican

Grassley, a Republican, has been a senator from Iowa since Jan 5, 1981 (next election in 2016).

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

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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Grassley for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Charles “Chuck” Grassley sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Grassley sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (23%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) Education (16%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Law (9%) Immigration (8%) Taxation (8%) Agriculture and Food (6%)

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.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
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.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1981 to Dec 2016, Grassley missed 36 of 12,229 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: