Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has finally confirmed that he will in fact be seeking re-election. For months, Senator Grassley kept Americans on their toes as some speculated he could be inching towards retirement. However, Friday morning Grassley announced on Twitter that he will be seeking another term.
It’s 4 a.m. in Iowa so I’m running. I do that 6 days a week. Before I start the day I want you to know what Barbara and I have decided.
— Grassley Works (@GrassleyWorks) September 24, 2021
Grassley romped to a seventh term in 2016 by 25 points and will face former Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer in next year’s general election. If Grassley had retired, Republicans could have faced a messy primary in the race to replace him.
The plainspoken Iowan is a fixture of the Senate. He presided over the Senate Judiciary Committee during Republicans’ blockade of former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as well as the confirmation of former President Donald Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faced accusations of sexual assault during his committee hearings.
Grassley also served in the line of presidential succession as the most senior GOP senator when Trump was president. He is currently the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Grassley is a key member in helping Republicans win back a majority in the Senate.