Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday that he tested positive for Covid-19.
Chuck Grassley, 87, said earlier Tuesday that he was under quarantine 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. He is the second oldest senator after Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
In a statement on Tuesday, Grassley said he feels “fine” and will continue to work from home.
“This morning, I learned that I had been exposed to the coronavirus. I received a COVID-19 test and immediately beg
an 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,” he said in the statement. “I’ll be keepin
g 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 missed Tuesday’s votes because of his quarantine, his first missed vote since 1993 when he missed due to floods in his state, according to his office.
Grassley is the second GOP senator in under a week to announce that he’s isolating after a possible Covid exposure. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Saturday that he was isolating as well after coming into “contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID.”