WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s tested positive for COVID-19.
The longest-serving Republican Senator announced Tuesday morning he was quarantining after being exposed to the virus. Grassley, 87, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
“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 is president pro tempore of the Senate, meaning he presides over the Senate in the absence of Vice President Mike Pence and is third in the line of presidential succession.