Nov 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Chuck Grassley returns to Senate after recovering from COVID-19

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) returned to in-person work on Monday after quarantining with an asymptomatic case of the coronavirus, his office said in a statement.

Why it matters: Grassley, 87, is the second oldest member of the Senate, meaning he was at high risk for a severe infection. But the senator reports that he remained asymptomatic the entire time he was in quarantine.

  • Grassley, who is third in the line of succession to the presidency as president pro tempore of the Senate, had not missed a roll call vote in 27 years.
  • His positive test came the same week that 87-year-old Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also tested positive for COVID-19.
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