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Chuck Grassley


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 5, 1981
Serving with Tom Harkin
Preceded by John Culver
Succeeded by Incumbent (2011)

Born September 17, 1933 (1933-09-17) (age 73)
New Hartford, Iowa
Nationality american
Political party Republican
Spouse Barbara Grassley
Alma mater University of Northern Iowa
Religion Baptist

Charles Ernest "Chuck" Grassley (born September 17, 1933) is the senior United States Senator from Iowa. He is a member of the Republican Party. He was chairman of the Finance Committee from January to June 2001, and from January 2003 to December 2006 and currently serves as the committee's Ranking Member. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOVD Articles that have been linked to this page are the subject of an NPOV dispute (NPOV stands for Neutral Point Of View; see below). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Thomas Richard Tom Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is a Democratic Senator from Iowa, serving in his fourth senate term. ... John Culver John Chester Culver (born August 8, 1932) is an American politician of the Democratic Party who represented Iowa in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... New Hartford is a city located in Butler County, Iowa. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Campanile, a major university landmark at the center of UNIs campus. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Seniority is the concept of a person or group being in charge or in command of another person or group. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... A Chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (or, less formally, Senate Finance Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ...

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Early life

Born in New Hartford, Iowa to Ruth Corwin and Louis Arthur Grassley,[1] Grassley lived in Iowa during his early life. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1955 and received a graduate degree from the same university in 1956. New Hartford is a city located in Butler County, Iowa. ... The Campanile, a major university landmark at the center of UNIs campus. ...


In 1987 Grassley was made an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University. Alpha Gamma Rho (ΑΓΡ) is a social-professional fraternity in the United States, with over 65 university chapters. ... Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU) is a public land-grant and space-grant university located in Ames, Iowa, USA. Until 1959 it was known as Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. ...


Political career

Grassley, a former assembly line worker and farmer, has been involved in politics for much of his adult life. An active runner, Grassley served as a citizen legislator in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1959 until 1974, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, of which he was a member from 1975 to 1981, being reelected in 1976 and 1978. 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 Assembly may refer to the following things: In politics, any body meeting together to discuss matters, a parliament or a legislative assembly such as the French revolutionary Legislative Assembly, or a body more designed to mediate between otherwise independent bodies, such as the United Nations General Assembly. ... 2002 House District Map The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower house of the Iowa General Assembly. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... John Culver John Chester Culver (born August 8, 1932) is an American politician of the Democratic Party who represented Iowa in both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. ...


In the past Grassley has voted against expensive projects favored by many in his party.[citation needed] He was one of two Republicans to vote against authorizing the first Gulf War. He has a history of holding the executive branch accountable for their activities through his positions on the Finance and Judiciary Committees.[citation needed] In July 2007, a Grassley-commissioned report was released claiming that more than $1 billion in farm subsidies were sent to deceased individuals. Grassley said, "It's unconscionable that the Department of Agriculture would think that a dead person was actively engaged in the business of farming."[2] An agricultural subsidy is a governmental subsidy paid to farmers to supplement their income, help manage the supply of agricultural commodities, and bolster the supply of such commodities on international markets. ... The United States Department of Agriculture (also called the Agriculture Department, or USDA) is a United States Federal Executive Department (or Cabinet Department). ...


At one time, Grassley was ranked as the third most powerful senator. As of March 2007, he is ranked 25 on the list.[3] A late August 2007 poll shows Grassely remains highly popular in Iowa, with 63% approving of his job, and 28% disapproving.[2] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ...


Brief exchange with Jeff Sessions

On June 26, 2007, Grassley got into a brief exchange with Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama. Sessions stated that he did not support Grassley's amendment, but would yield time to Grassely, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wouldn't allow a real debate on the amendment, Grassley angerlier fired back saying, "I don't care if I speak, I can speak sometime else, but I would like to have time for debate on my amendment, and can I talk about why I should bring my amendment up."[3] Jefferson Beauregard Jeff Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... A Senate Majority Leader is a politician within a Senate who leads the majority party, or majority coalition, of sitting senators. ... Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ...


In May of 2006, he conversed with Nevada High School senior Aaron Russom on illegal immigration and the effects of it on the country.


A friend and advocate for whistleblowers

Grassley has fought for whistle-blower protections and has provided support for whistle-blowers. He has consistently supported FBI whistle-blowers like Coleen Rowley, Michael German and Jane Turner. Coleen Rowley (born December 20, 1954) is a former FBI agent and whistleblower, and was a candidate for Congress in Minnesotas 2nd congressional district, one of eight congressional districts in Minnesota in 2006. ... Michael German (born 1945) is leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for South Wales East Region. ... Jane Turner is an Australian actor and comedienne who is regarded as one of the funniest and most talented TV personalities in Australia [citation needed]. Turner has appeared in many popular Australian TV programs, namely Prisoner (aka Prisoner Cell Block H) in a straight dramatic role, with comedy roles in...


Grassley received a lifetime achievement award on May 17, 2007 from whistleblowers for his services to them.


Personal life

Grassley married Barbara Ann Speicher in September 1954; the couple have five children: Lee, Wendy, Robin, Michele, and Jay.


Grassley is a member of The Family, a Christian group that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast. Grassley is also a Freemason, and is a Baptist. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... The Roots of the Fellowship The roots of the Fellowship go back to the 1930s and a Norwegian immigrant and Methodist minister named Abraham Vereide. ... American Square & Compasses Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist...


Footnotes

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/grassley.htm
  2. ^ Dead farmers got subsidies. The Seattle Times (2007-07-24). Retrieved on 2007-07-24.
  3. ^ [1]

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Preceded by
H.R. Gross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 3rd congressional district

1975–1981
Succeeded by
T. Cooper Evans
Preceded by
John Culver
United States Senator (Class 3) from Iowa
1981 – present
Served alongside: Roger W. Jepsen, Tom Harkin
Incumbent
Preceded by
William Cohen
Maine
Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee
1997–2001
Succeeded by
John B. Breaux
Louisiana
Preceded by
Max Baucus
Montana
Chairman of Senate Finance Commmittee
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Max Baucus
Montana

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Chuck Grassley - definition of Chuck Grassley in Encyclopedia (228 words)
Grassley was reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004.
Grassley is particularly interested in issues relating to families and senior citizens, and has worked with Democrats on bipartisan bills supporting these groups.
Grassley is a member of The Family, a Christian group that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast.
Chuck Grassley - dKosopedia (98 words)
Charles Ernest "Chuck" Grassley was born in New Hartford, Iowa on Sept. 17, 1933.
He received a B.A. in 1955 and M.A. in 1956 in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa.
GRASSLEY, Charles Ernest from Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present
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