Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator from Iowa

Chuck Grassley

U.S. Senator from Iowa

Charles Ernest Grassley was born in September 1933 in New Hartford, Iowa. He earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa). He pursued a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Iowa but ultimately did not complete the program. During the time he was a student, Grassley farmed and worked in factories in Iowa. He taught at Charles City College.

He spent 16 years as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives and served six years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been a member of the United States Senate since January 1981. He has been president pro tempore of the Senate since January 2021.

He is married to Barbara Speicher and they have five children. He is a member of the Family, the organization that puts together the National Prayer Breakfast. He is a Baptist.

In the News…

According to reports that Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has received from whistleblowers, there are more than 85,000 migrant children whose whereabouts are uncertain in the United States. Reports have also surfaced regarding human trafficking that involves children and adults.  

Senator Grassley wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, stating, “DHS has failed to articulate a plan for recovering these vulnerable children. Equally troubling are reports my office has received from credible whistleblowers identifying specific children placed in the hands of probable traffickers by HHS despite clear red flags, as well as allegations of deliberate indifference to their suffering both by HHS and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) responsible for identifying and vetting sponsors and transporting children to their custody.” 

He continued, “My office is working diligently with whistleblowers to identify as many missing children as possible, in hopes they can be found and saved. I expect the cooperation of DHS, as well as the full cooperation of HSI, FBI, HHS, and any NGOs involved in this critical mission. It is our moral duty to do all we can to rescue children who may have endured sexual abuse or forced labor.” 

Senator Grassley added, “Based upon alarming information I have received from multiple brave and very credible whistleblowers, it’s painfully apparent that HHS hasn’t heeded this warning and has failed to take corrective action to prevent children from falling into the wrong hands.” 

Senator Grassley said he would be providing the DHS and FBI with materials he has received that relate to potential trafficking cases. He urged them to act and requested immediate follow-up.  

He said. “The old proverb states that, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ Likewise, the journey of recovering 85,000 or more missing children begins with a single child.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Grassley today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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