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.