Chuck Grassley, 87, Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and has begun quarantining.

Grassley tweeted, “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon”

Grassley was forced to miss Senate votes on Tuesday after his exposure to COVID-19, his first vote missed since 1993.

“I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus,” Grassley said in a statement earlier Tuesday. “I will follow my doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results. I’m feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy.”

At age 87, Grassley is the second oldest senator. According to Fox News, “At age 87, Grassley is one of the oldest active members of Congress. As the longest-serving Republican, Grassley is president pro tempore of the Senate, placing him third in the line of presidential succession after Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. He is tasked with presiding over the Senate in Pence’s absence.”