DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, announced Friday that he will seek an eighth term in 2022.
The 88-year-old, who has been in the Senate for 40 years, said in a statement about his re-election bid on Twitter that there is “much more to do for Iowa.”
Grassley was once proudly divided and deftly adapted to the new hyperpartisanship of the Trump era. While some of his other longtimers in Washington are calling it quits, tired of the GOP’s inertia or inertia in Congress, Grassley has sat down to show that he is thriving.
Grassley has adapted smoothly to changes in the party. He has consistently supported Donald Trump’s agenda and often his political tactics. At times, he has even taken a leading role in satisfying the vocal right wing of the party.
But the senator has not always been one Trump acolyte. He voted to count Arizona and Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes on the day of the deadly Capitol riot in January. He also protested loudly against exemptions given by the Trump administration to oil companies from the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, a target that helps Iowa farmers.
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