Poll: More than half of Iowans are ready for Chuck Grassley to retire after 4 decades in the Senate

Republican Chuck Grassley has represented the state of Iowa in the U.S. Senate for the last four decades. But the results of a new survey suggest it may be time for him to call his political career quits. 

A new poll from the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa found that some 55% of Iowans hope Sen. Grassley won’t seek reelection in 2022. Just 28% said they wanted him to try for an eighth term in the upper chamber.

Seventeen percent were undecided, the Des Moines Register reported.

Conducted from March 7–10, the poll reportedly surveyed 775 Iowa adults, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

A long-serving senator

Last April, Grassley’s office released a statement heralding the now-87-year-old’s decades spent in Washington and announcing that he had become the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

“Iowans have placed their trust in Grassley since 1980, when voters first elected him to serve in the United States Senate,” the statement trumpeted.

“I’m honored to represent Iowans in the people’s branch of the federal government,” Grassley said at the time. “I wake up every morning ready to work for Iowans and bring our commonsense values to the policymaking tables in Washington.”

According to the Des Moines Register, Grassley “would be 95 at the end of another six-year term.”

A rocky relationship

The question of Grassley’s political future in the post-Trump era is certainly one worth asking; the Republican has had a sometimes contentious relationship with the still-popular former president, although Grassley ultimately voted for acquittal in this year’s impeachment trial, as KCCI in Des Moines reported.

“We do not have the authority to try a private citizen like former President Trump,” Grassley declared on the Senate floor in February. “Even if we did, he should have been accorded the protections of due process of law in his trial.”

“And even if we assume he has been,” the GOP senator added, “the House Managers still did not prove that he committed incitement to insurrection, the specific crime of which he stands accused. This does not excuse President Trump’s conduct on and around January 6th of this year.”

Grassley has not yet formally indicated whether he’ll mount a reelection bid next fall.

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  1. No public servant should hold an office for 40 plus years. He is just another career politician who has made his millions off of the American people. I am an ultra conservative but I don’t believe that anyone should hold an office for that long. There is always an opportunity for the “I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine” scenario but with an unlimited amount of years in office this problem grows exponentially. This is the main reason, I believe, that there is so much criminal behavior in politics. It doesn’t take long for a politician to “owe” more favors than he can call in. Long timers stopped caring about the people they represent years ago. It’s all about ego and power now. Truly sad that we have let our country fall into this state. It will take decades to repair all the damage that corruption has caused and even then, it will never be the way our founding fathers intended it to be.

    1. Your 1000% correct. A newly elected member of Congress MAY go into office
      innocently enough, but the pressure put on that person & them seeing how easy it is to become corrupt & have it covered up by fellow members who have been there so long, it becomes EASY to turn to the dark side.

    2. I agree. How can they relate to a typical working American if they don’t become one at some time. I agree there should be limited terms, so they know how the typical American lives. They make way too much money off of the American. And should have to pay for some of it. This isn’t right. Just like Biden. Has ridden off the American’s for years and now is really living off of the sweat on their backs and doesn’t give a sh** about what they are going to have to pay to live. Disgusting.

  2. ALL Congress persons terms should be the same as the Presidents. A 2 term limit of 4 years each for both House members & the Senate.
    Same for the Supreme Court justices.

    1. The terms for the House and Senate are specifically designed to be different to provide for some continuity in the Legislative branch. That being said it would not be difficult to custom create a system of term limits to fit the current length of terms. I think that 12 years of combined service between the House and Senate would allow for leadership roles to have some semblance of stability while still creating a mechanism for more fresh perspectives in DC. Remember, the President can serve for up to ten years, not just two four year terms, so it only makes logical sense that legislators would be able to serve for as long or a bit longer as individually they have far, far less power than the President.

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  4. Corruption in our House of Representatives and Senate is an ongoing thing. Limit their terms. Why should they live off of us all their lives. We get absolutly nothing out of them.

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