Alum Grassley visits UNI in annual 99-county tour



Longtime Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley visited UNI on Thursday, Feb. 20.


On Thursday, Feb. 20, longtime Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley visited UNI in the Maucker Union Elm Room at 1 p.m.

Grassley is an alumnus of UNI, earning a B.A. and M.A. in political science in 1955 and 1956 respectively, from what was then called Iowa State Teacher’s College. He has served as an Iowa senator since 1980, making him the state’s most senior senator  and is the current president pro tempore of the Senate.

Grassley’s Thursday visit to UNI was part of his annual tour of all 99 Iowa counties, which he has undertaken yearly since 1981. The annual tour has coined the political term “full Grassley,” employed by presidential candidates who imitate the senator and visit all 99 Iowa counties before the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

During his brief visit, Grassley answered questions from students and community members.