(RightIsRight.co) – In an alarming turn of events affecting the most senior member of the U.S. Senate, Senator Chuck Grassley has been hospitalized due to an infection.
As confirmed by his Washington office, the 90-year-old Iowa Republican is currently receiving antibiotic infusions at a hospital in the Washington area, with his office stating that he is “in good spirits” and aims to return to work as soon as his doctors allow.
Grassley’s spokesperson, Taylor Foy, shared that the senator was recently admitted to the hospital for diagnostic tests, leading to the start of his antibiotic treatment. Foy emphasized Grassley’s eagerness to return to his duties, noting he is displeased with being away from work.
“He never likes to be away from his job, so he’s in as good of spirits as he can be,” Foy said. However, specific information regarding the duration of Grassley’s hospital stay was not provided, though it was mentioned that a full recovery is expected.
Senator Grassley, who has held his Senate seat since 1981, is a prominent figure in American politics, known for his long-standing service and dedication. As the most senior member of the Senate, he has been a key player in various legislative matters. Prior to the Democrats gaining control of the Senate in 2021, Grassley served as the president pro tempore, a position that placed him third in the line of presidential succession.
Grassley’s political journey began in 1958 when he was elected to the state Legislature at the young age of 23. After 18 years in the Statehouse, he moved to the U.S. House in 1974, before securing his Senate seat.
Despite undergoing hip surgery last year and briefly using a scooter for mobility, Grassley has maintained a healthy presence in the halls of Congress. He is known for his early morning runs and has been a consistent figure in the Senate, even as he reached the status of the chamber’s only nonagenarian in September.
His hospitalization marks a significant moment in Grassley’s extensive political career, reflecting both the challenges and resilience of serving in high office at an advanced age. His tenure in the Senate, spanning over four decades, underscores his significant impact and dedication to public service.
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