Grassley tests positive for COVID-19

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

    U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his congressional office.

    In a tweet, Grassley, 87, said he is following his doctor’s orders and will continue to quarantine at home.

    Earlier Tuesday, Grassley said he learned he was exposed to COVID-19 and was quarantining until he received his test results. It was the first time Grassley wasn’t able to cast his vote in the Senate in 27 years, breaking his record streak of 8,927 uninterrupted votes since 1993.

    The last vote Grassley missed occurred in 1993 when he was in Iowa with President Bill Clinton due to the historic floods that destroyed parts of the state.

    “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,” Grassley said in a statement. “In the meantime, my offices across Iowa and in Washington remain open and ready to serve Iowans.”

    Linh Ta
    Reporter Linh Ta comes to Iowa Capital Dispatch from the Des Moines Register, where she covered trending news, public safety and the suburbs. Most recently, she has covered retail business and followed both national and local trends to provide insight about the issues that matter the most to Iowans. Beyond traditional journalism, Ta has worked as a speech coach with the Des Moines Storytellers Project with the goal of sharing the diverse perspectives of Iowans from all walks of life. She is the 2019 winner of the Young Iowa Journalist Award and the winner of an Iowa Broadcast News Award. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @linhmaita.