Chuck Grassley has served in public office since 1959. At age 89, he’s seeking another six-year term in the U.S. Senate that, if completed, would make him the second-oldest member of Congress ever at 95.
- 60% of Iowa’s likely voters say Grassley’s age is a concern, according to a new Iowa Poll.
- Only 34% of likely voters say Grassley’s longevity is an asset.
- 86% of Democratic voters, 64% of independents, 37% of Republicans say Grassley’s age is a concern.
On Chuck Grassley’s birthday last month, his Democratic Senate opponent shared what could have been mistaken for a benign, celebratory tweet.
“Happy birthday, Senator Grassley!” Mike Franken wrote alongside a photo of a small cake with dozens of blazing candles crammed haphazardly onto its small surface.
The subtext was clear: Chuck Grassley is old.