Chuck Grassley will seek eighth Senate term in 2022

By: - September 24, 2021 10:17 am

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, appears on “Iowa Press” on May 7, 2021. (Screenshot via Iowa PBS)

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley will run for re-election in 2022, he announced early Friday.

Grassley will be 89 at the beginning of his term, if elected. It would be his eighth consecutive term in the U.S. Senate.

Polling in Iowa shows voters would support Grassley’s decision to run again, regardless of his age. A September Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found voters preferred Grassley over Democratic opponent Abby Finkenauer by 18 percentage points.

Iowa Republicans rallied around Grassley in the wake of the announcement.

“(Grassley) delivers for Iowa every single day. I am so proud to support his campaign for another term in the United States Senate!” tweeted Gov. Kim Reynolds.

“No one works harder for Iowa than my grandpa,” tweeted Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley. “With the chaos in Washington, we need Chuck Grassley now more than ever.”

Several hours after the initial announcement, the Grassley campaign Twitter published a jaunty campaign ad with clips of the senator eating at Dairy Queen and pulling two lawn mowers behind him on a tractor. In the final moments of the video, it reads, “The senator that we have is the senator we need.”

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Katie Akin is a former Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter. Katie began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.