Nov 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Chuck Grassley says he tested positive for COVID-19


Sen. Chuck Grassley. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Stringer

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has tested positive for the coronavirus, adding Wednesday that he remains "symptom free."

Why it matters: Grassley is the second oldest member of the Senate at 87 years old, meaning he is at high risk for a severe infection, according to the CDC. The Iowa senator is the third in the line of succession to the presidency as president pro tempore of the Senate.

  • The Senator was seen at the Capitol speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, per CNN.
  • The announcement comes a week after Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who is also 87, announced he had contracted the virus.

What he's saying: Grassley wrote that he is "feeling good" and will continue to quarantine. He did not specify how he was exposed.

  • "I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon."

Worth noting: Grassley had not missed a Senate vote for 27 years until earlier Tuesday, when he wrote in a statement he would quarantine after being exposed to the virus. The Senate does not let members vote remotely.

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