Chuck Grassley, Third in Line to Presidency, Has COVID-19

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the second oldest senator and third in line of succession to the presidency, disclosed late Tuesday afternoon that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Grassley, 87, said earlier on Tuesday that he was quarantining at home after learning he had been exposed to someone with the virus. The exposure caused Grassley to miss his first vote in the chamber since 1993. The Iowa senator is the most senior Republican in the chamber and is president pro tempore of the Senate, which makes him third in line to the presidency.

In a statement, Grassley said, “This morning, I learned that I had been exposed to the coronavirus. I received a COVID-19 test and immediately began to quarantine. While I still feel fine, the test came back positive for the coronavirus. I am continuing to follow my doctors’ orders and CDC guidelines. 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. In the meantime, my offices across Iowa and in Washington remain open and ready to serve Iowans.”

Grassley was spotted on the Senate floor on Monday when Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) rose to speak and admonished the then-presiding officer, Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan for not wearing a mask. Grassley also attended a Republican senate leadership meeting on Monday. He becomes the latest member of Congress to contract the virus in the past few weeks.

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