Grassley: Decision on another run may be a few weeks away

By: - February 3, 2021 2:52 pm

Sen. Chuck Grassley speaks on the Senate floor on March 20, 2020. (Screen shot from video provided by Grassley’s office)

Long-time U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday said he may decide in a few weeks whether to seek another term in 2022.

Grassley, 87, would be 95 at the end of what would be his eighth term. A Republican, he is Iowa’s senior senator.

A reporter on Grassley’s weekly Iowa media call asked Grassley how close he was to making his decision, and what factors are in play. 

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is a Republican from New Hartford, Iowa.

Grassley in recent weeks has been asked repeatedly about his possible retirement. He typically has said he loves the Senate and would decide in a few months whether to seek another six years there. His comment Wednesday could mean he’s getting closer to announcing whether he will run.

“First of all, I love my job,” Grassley said. 

“I think the only consideration to give to it is am I going to run or not run. I don’t have a timetable for that, but it’s several weeks off, I would say,” Grassley added.

Grassley has been listed regularly in national media reports about senators who may retire. The questions heated up after Democrats took control of the Senate.

For example, Politico ran a large photo of Grassley with a story exploring possible retirements in the wake of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s announcement he won’t seek a third term.

Grassley joined the Senate in 1980 after six years in the House.

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Perry Beeman
Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.