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Chuck Grassley running for reelection in U.S. Senate

“Serving Iowans in the United States Senate is a tremendous honor. I’m working as hard as ever for the people of Iowa and there’s more work to do," Grassley said.

WASHINGTON — Chuck Grassley announced on Twitter early Friday morning he has decided to run for reelection in the 2022 U.S. Senate race. 

The announcement comes after months of speculation about whether or not the 88-year-old Grassley, a Republican, would finally retire. This weekend he will meet with Iowans to go over important topics regarding communities, schools, businesses, farms and families. 

While some of his fellow longtimers in Washington are calling it quits, fed up with the rightward lurch of the GOP or the inertia in Congress, Grassley has set out to show he’s thriving. 

But the senator hasn’t always been an acolyte of Donald Trump. He voted, for example, to count Arizona’s and Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes the day of the deadly Capitol riot in January.

Former Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and former Crawford County Supervisor Dave Muhlbauer, both Democrats, have both launched campaigns to unseat the longtime incumbent.

“Serving Iowans in the United States Senate is a tremendous honor. I’m working as hard as ever for the people of Iowa and there’s more work to do. In a time of crisis and polarization, Iowa needs strong, effective leadership," Grassley said in a release. "I’m focused on serving the people of Iowa as your senator and fighting for policies that will make Iowa an even better place to raise a family and grow a business,”

Grassley has served in the U.S. Senate since 1981.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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