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Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa)

Political Highlights: Republican nominee for Iowa House, 1956; Iowa House, 1959-75; U.S. House of Representatives, 1975-81; U.S. Senate, 1981-present
Born: Sept. 17, 1933; New Hartford, Iowa
Residence: New Hartford
Religion: Baptist
Family: Wife, Barbara Grassley; five children
Education: U. of Northern Iowa, B.A. 1955; U. of Northern Iowa, M.A. 1956; U. of Iowa, attended 1957-58
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1980 (6th term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Commodities, Risk Management & Trade; Conservation, Forestry & Natural Resources; Livestock, Marketing & Agriculture Security); Budget; Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness); Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Immigration and the National Interest; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts); Joint Taxation

Election History
2010generalCharles Grassley (R) 718,21564.4
Roxanne Conlin (D) 371,68633.3
John Heiderscheit (LIBERT) 25,2902.3
2004generalCharles Grassley (R) 1,038,17570.2
Arthur Small (D) 412,36527.9
Christy Welty (LIBERT) 15,2181.0
Darryl Northrop (GREEN) 11,1210.8
Edwin Fruit (SW) 1,8740.1
1998generalCharles Grassley (R) 648,48068.4
David Osterberg (D) 289,04930.5
Susan Marcus (NL) 7,5610.8
Margaret Trowe (SW) 2,5420.3
1992generalCharles Grassley (R) 899,76169.6
Jean Lloyd-Jones (D) 351,56127.2
Stuart Zimmerman (NL) 16,4031.3
Sue Atkinson (I) 6,2770.5
Mel Boring (I) 5,5080.4
Rosanne Freeburg (I) 4,9990.4
Carl Olsen (GR) 3,4040.3
Richard Hughes (I) 2,9180.2
Cleve Pulley (SW) 1,3700.1
1986generalCharles Grassley (R) 588,88066.0
John Roehrick (D) 299,40634.0
1980generalCharles Grassley (R) 683,01454.0
John Culver (D) 581,54546.0
1978generalCharles Grassley (R) 103,65974.8
John Knudson (D) 34,88025.2
1976generalCharles Grassley (R) 117,95756.5
Stephen Rapp (D) 90,98143.5
1974generalCharles Grassley (R) 77,46850.8
Stephen Rapp (D) 74,89549.2
Roll Call Vitals


Iowa is 23rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.