Sen. Grassley Files for Re-Election, Would be 94 at End of Term if Elected

United States Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa filed documents Friday showing his intent to run for re-election.

If re-elected, 88-year-old Grassley would serve his eighth term, the Associated Press reported. If he completes another six-year term, he will be 94 by the end of it and set a new record for the country's longest-serving Republican senator.

"Thank you to my supporters who made filing my nomination papers for re-election to the US Senate possible," he wrote. "On to victory!"

Former Senator Orrin G. Hatch currently holds the title of the longest-serving Republican senator, having served for 42 years, according to the Senate's website. By the end of Grassley's current term, he will tie this record. If re-elected, he will surpass it.

The longest-serving senator in history is Democrat Robert Byrd, who was part of the Senate from the beginning of 1959 until his death in June 2010. The record is even longer in the House of Representatives, where John Dingell Jr. of Michigan served for more than 59 years, the House's website says.

Grassley began as a member of the Iowa House in 1959, according to Ballotpedia. After 15 years of service there, he was elected to the U.S. House in 1975. He became a senator in 1981.

His campaign office told the AP that Grassley has amassed almost 10,000 signatures from voters across all of Iowa's 99 counties. The law requires at least 3,500 signatures, with at least 100 from a minimum of 19 counties.

Grassley announced his intention to run for re-election on his social media in September.

"I'm running for re-election—a lot more to do, for Iowa," he wrote. "We ask and will work for your support. Will you join us?"

Last year, Iowa Senator Jim Carlin announced he would run for Grassley's seat whether he retires or not.

"I appreciate [Grassley's] service, as anybody does," Carlin told the Des Moines Register. "But I didn't get in the race to drop out."

In a recent news release on his website, Carlin's campaign tried to cast suspicion on whether Grassley bought votes for his grandson Pat Grassley, who was elected as the Speaker of the Iowa House in 2019.

Though Carlin has not yet filed the nomination papers, he said in the AP report he has garnered over 10,000 signatures and will file the papers next week. Other potential candidates have two more weeks to file their paperwork.

Grassley's office did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Update 03/04/22 2:30 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information.

Update 3/4/22 1:30 PM ET: This article was updated to reflect that Grassley is the longest-serving Republican senator.

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Chuck Grassley is running for re-election this year. Above, Grassley speaks during a nomination hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on February 1 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images