Last updated on: 10/27/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Chuck Grassley, MA Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-IA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Grassley first and foremost is opposed to amnesty. He believes if Congress insists on a legalization program, it’s important these individuals truly do ‘earn’ any potential adjustment to legal status. This includes assimilation efforts such as learning English or paying back taxes.”

“Immigration,” grassley.senate.gov (accessed on Aug. 29, 2017)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Senator (R-IA), Jan. 4, 1981-present
  • Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Chairman, Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
  • Co-Founder and Chairman, Senate Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
  • Co-Founder and Chairman, Whistleblower Protection Caucus
  • Member, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
  • Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Member, Senate Finance Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Senate Caucus on Foster Youth
  • Chair, Senate Finance Committee, Jan. 2001-June 2001, Jan. 2003-Jan. 2007
  • Chair, Senate Special Committee on Aging, Jan. 7, 1997-Jan. 3, 2001
  • US House Representative, 1975-1980
  • Iowa State House Representative, 1959-1974
  • Member, International Association of Machinists, 1962-1971
  • Has worked as a farmer, sheet metal shearer, and assembly line worker
  • Member, the Family (also known as the Fellowship), a secretive, nonpartisan Christian group based in Arlington, VA
Education:
  • Doctoral studies, University of Iowa, 1957-1958
  • MA, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, 1956
  • BA, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, 1955
Other:
  • Legal name is Charles Ernest Grassley
  • Married Barbara Ann Speicher in Sep. 1954
  • Has five children
  • Named the “hardest working lawmaker” in Congress by The Hill, June 2010
  • Won each of his Senate re-election bids with more than 60% of the vote and carried all 99 counties in his state in 2004, 1998, and 1992
  • Recipient of awards from the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, Citizens for A Sound Economy, Emergency Committee on American Trade, National Association for the Self-Employed, AARP, The American Legion, National Research Center for Women & Families, and over 60 other organizations
  • Member, Farm Bureau, Butler County and State of Iowa Historical Societies, Pi Gamma Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, Masons, Eagles, Baptist Church
  • Former part-time university instructor
  • Ran for a seat in the Iowa State House of Representatives at age 23, losing by approximately 70 votes, 1956
  • Born in New Hartford, IA on Sep. 17, 1933
  • As of 2017, Grassley has not missed a vote since July 14, 1993, when he toured flood damage in Iowa with [then] President Bill Clinton.
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?