Sen. Chuck Grassley tests positive for the coronavirus

One of the oldest members of the Senate has contracted the coronavirus. 

Longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who is 87, announced Tuesday that he tested positive for the disease, Fox News reported.

“I still feel fine”

Grassley is the longest-serving Republican senator and the second oldest person in the Senate, after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The Republican was first elected to the Senate in the 1980s and serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. As president pro tempore of the Senate, he is third in line to succession to the presidency, after Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Grassley announced Tuesday that he tested positive after sharing earlier that he had been exposed to the virus. Thankfully, he said he is feeling “fine” despite his age and that he’ll keep working from home, Fox News reported.

“This morning, I learned that I had been exposed to the coronavirus,” Grassley said. “I received a COVID-19 test and immediately began to quarantine. While I still feel fine, the test came back positive for the coronavirus. I am continuing to follow my doctors’ orders and CDC guidelines. I’ll be keeping up on my work for the people of Iowa from home.”

“I appreciate everyone’s well wishes and prayers, and look forward to resuming my normal schedule when I can. In the meantime, my offices across Iowa and in Washington remain open and ready to serve Iowans,” Grassley added.

Misses vote

Grassley was in quarantine on Tuesday, marking the first time he missed a vote since the Clinton administration 27 years ago.

“I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to vote today in the Senate, but the health of others is more important than any record,” Grassley said.

“My voting streak reflects how seriously I take my commitment to represent Iowans. Choosing not to potentially expose others to this deadly virus is obviously the right and responsible thing to do,” he added.

Amid warnings of a surge in infections, Grassley has called on Iowans to do what they can to control the spread of the virus.

“This virus is hitting rural and urban areas alike,” Grassley said. “No community is immune. I ask every Iowan to continue to do their part to keep their family and neighbors safe.”

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