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Chuck Grassley currently serves as the Sr. Senator for Iowa

Charles Ernest "Chuck" Grassley, a Republican, is the senior Senator from Iowa. He was first elected to the Senate in 1980. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Charles E. Grassley voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Grassley voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Support of ethanol

Grassley is a staunch supporter of developing E-85 ethanol as an alternative to gasoline.

On May 4, 2007, he sent letters to top oil executives asking them to explain why they allegedly implemented policies to discourage the sale of ethanol despite their March 14, 2006, testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee where they promised to expand the availability of alternative fuels. In a statement accompanying the letter, Grassley said that "it appears Big Oil is throwing up roadblocks every chance they get." [1]

CLEAN Energy Act resistance

Grassley opposed the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007, which addressed royalties and tax breaks previously afforded to oil and gas companies. He called the bill "another pig in the poke" that targets incentives necessary to promote domestic drilling.[2]

Main article: CLEAN Energy Act of 2007#Senate

Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

On February 1, 2005, Grassley introduced a Senate version of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which made sweeping changes to American bankruptcy laws, affecting both consumer and business bankruptcies. Many of the bill's provisions were explicitly designed to make it "more difficult for people to file for bankruptcy" in order to curb abuse. The House version of the bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on April 20, 2005.[3]

Main article: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

CAFTA

Grassley introduced the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), to the Senate on June 23, 2005. The bill, modeled after NAFTA, aimed to create a free trade zone between the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as set up a separate trade agreement with the Dominican Republic. It was signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 2, 2005.

Main article: U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement

Bio

Grassley was born September 17, 1933 in New Hartford, Iowa. He lived in Iowa during his early life and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1955 and received a graduate degree from the same university in 1956.

Grassley, a former assembly line worker and farmer, has been involved in public service for much of his adult life. He served as a legislator in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1959 until 1974, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in the House from 1975-1981. 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.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Charles E. Grassley
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Affiliations

  • Member, The Family, a group that organizes the National Prayer Breakfast.

More Background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Charles E. Grassley. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-1501
Phone: 202-224-3744
Web Email
Website

District Office - Cedar Rapids:
206 Federal Building
101 First Street Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1227
Phone: 319-363-6832
Fax: 319-363-7179

District Office - Council Bluffs:
307 Federal Building
8 South Sixth Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone: 712-322-7103
Fax: 712-322-7196

District Office - Davenport:
131 West Third Street, Suite 180
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-322-4331
Fax: 563-322-8552

District Office - Des Moines:
721 Federal Building
210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-2140
Phone: 515-288-1145
Fax: 515-288-5097

District Office - Sioux City:
120 Federal Building
320 Sixth Street
Sioux City, IA 51101-1244
Phone: 712-233-1860
Fax: 712-233-1634

District Office - Waterloo:
210 Waterloo Building
531 Commercial Street
Waterloo, IA 50701-5497
Phone: 319-232-6657
Fax: 319-232-9965

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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

Sources

  1. Jeremy Jacobs, "Grassley demands answers on ethanol from oil execs ," The Hill, May 4, 2007.
  2. H. Josef Ebert, "House Rolls Back Big Oil Subsidies," CBS News, January 19, 2007.
  3. "Opening Statement of Sen. Chuck Grassley at the Bankruptcy Reform Hearing," Senate Committee on the Judiciary, February 10, 2005.

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Caucuses:
Committees: Joint Committee on Taxation, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Energy Science and Technology, Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry/Subcommittee on Production Income Protection and Price Support, Senate Committee on the Budget, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Immigration Border Security and Citizenship
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 1980
First Took Current Office:
January 5, 1981
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
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Previous Political Work?
U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa House of Representatives,
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District Offices:
1. 206 Federal Building, 101 First Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1227
Phone: 319-363-6832 / Fax: 319-363-7179
2. 307 Federal Building, 8 South Sixth Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone: 712-322-7103 / Fax: 712-322-7196
3. 131 West Third Street, Suite 180, Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-322-4331 / Fax: 563-322-8552
4. 721 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309-2140
Phone: 515-288-1145 / Fax: 515-288-5097
5. 120 Federal Building, 320 Sixth Street, Sioux City, IA 51101-1244
Phone: 712-233-1860 / Fax: 712-233-1634
6. 210 Waterloo Building, 531 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA 50701-5497
Phone: 319-232-6657 / Fax: 319-232-9965


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Date of Birth: September 17, 1933