Grassley tests positive for COVID-19 after missing first roll call in 27 years

The Iowa senator's voting streak is over after 8,927 consecutive votes


By Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

November 17, 2020


Senate President Pro Tempore Charles E. Grassley said Tuesday evening that he has tested positive for COVID-19, after missing his first roll call vote in more than 27 years earlier in the day.


"Iíve tested positive for coronavirus. Iíll b following my doctorsí orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. Iím feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home," the Iowa Republican tweeted.


The Finance Committee chairman also issued a more formal statement, to the same effect.


"While I still feel fine, the test came back positive for the coronavirus," Grassley said. "I am continuing to follow my doctorsí orders and CDC guidelines. Iíll be keeping up on my work for the people of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyoneís 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 said in a statement earlier Tuesday that he was in self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. His voting streak ended at 8,927 consecutive votes, according to his office.


Rep. Don Young, the Alaska lawmaker who is the longest serving Republican in the House, also recently tested positive for COVID-19.


The 87-year-old Grassley was on Capitol Hill on Monday evening for the Senateís first vote of the week to limit debate on the latest of President Donald Trumpís judicial nominees to reach the Senate floor.


Until Tuesday, Grassley last missed roll call votes on July 14, 1993, when the senator was traveling with then-President Bill Clinton to tour flooding damage in Iowa during what the National Weather Service described as the Great Flood of 1993, which devastated Iowa and other states across the Great Plains...