GOP Senator Undergoes Emergency Surgery

GOP Senator Undergoes Emergency Surgery

( – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has served in the US government for nearly 50 years. In 1974, the people in his Iowa district elected him to serve as their congressman. Six years later, in 1980, he won a race for the Senate — where he remains today. Sadly, the longtime Republican lawmaker underwent surgery recently.

On Tuesday, January 10, Grassley’s office announced the senator hurt his hip that day and would require surgery that week. The press release stated that he was “in good spirits” and would recover fully. The next day, the 89-year-old posted on Twitter and said his surgery went well.

The senator’s office has not released any information about how the fracture occurred. However, at his advanced age, broken bones, especially hips, aren’t uncommon.

Congress recently swore in Grassley for another 6-years in office, his eighth term. He is the longest-serving member of Congress. According to the latest assignments for the 118th Congress, the Iowa lawmaker will serve on several extremely important committees, including

  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • Committee on the Budget
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on the Judiciary
  • United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
  • Joint Committee on Taxation

Grassley’s colleagues and others spoke out about the surgery. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) asked her Twitter followers to pray for the senator. She said she was confident he would “be back on his 4am [SIC] running routine” soon.

Former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, told the senator to “rest and heal well.” He also had hundreds of messages from other supporters wishing him well on Twitter.

Before becoming injured, Grassley was home in Iowa on Monday. The Iowa House swore in the senator’s grandson, Pat Grassley (R), as Speaker. The younger Grassley is seemingly following in his grandfather’s very large footsteps.

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