Last updated on: 11/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Chuck Grassley, MA Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-IA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I have always supported a definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

To me, this debate is about stable families, good environments for raising children, and religious belief. It is not about discriminating against anyone. No society has limited marriage to heterosexual couples because of a desire to create second-class families.

This differs from treatment of interracial marriages. Traditional marriage in many states until the 1960’s was limited racially for reasons that had nothing to do with the creation of marriage as an institution and everything to do with racial discrimination. Loving v. Virginia, which has been referenced a number of times, has nothing to do with gay marriage.”

Remarks before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Grassley.Senate.gov, Nov. 10, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (R-IA), Jan. 4, 1981-present
  • Co-author with US House Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), Joint Staff Report on the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious, 2012
  • Ranking Member, US Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Co-Chair, Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
  • Co-Chair, Senate Caucus on Foster Youth
  • Member, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
  • Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Member, Senate Finance Committee
  • Member, the Family (also known as the Fellowship), a secretive, nonpartisan Christian group based in Arlington, VA
  • Chair, Senate Finance Committee, Jan. 2001-June 2001, Jan. 2003-Jan. 2007
  • Chair, Senate Special Committee on Aging, Jan. 7, 1997-Jan. 3, 2001
  • US House Representative, 1975-1980
  • Iowa State House Representative, 1959-1974
  • Member, International Association of Machinists, 1962-1971
Education:
  • Doctoral studies, University of Iowa, 1957-1958
  • MA, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, 1956
  • BA, Political Science, University of Northern Iowa, 1955
Other:
  • Legal name is Charles Ernest Grassley
  • Received the Pillar “Persons of Conscience” Award at the 2012 Whistleblower Summit: Civil and Human Rights Conference, May 2012
  • Named the “hardest working lawmaker” in Congress by The Hill, June 2010
  • Won each of his Senate re-election bids with more than 60% of the vote and carried all 99 counties in his state in 2004, 1998, and 1992
  • Recipient of awards from the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, Citizens for A Sound Economy, Emergency Committee on American Trade, National Association for the Self-Employed, AARP, The American Legion, National Research Center for Women & Families, and over 60 other organizations
  • Member, Farm Bureau, Butler County and State of Iowa Historical Societies, Pi Gamma Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, Masons, Eagles, Baptist Church
  • Former part-time university instructor
  • Ran for a seat in the Iowa State House of Representatives at age 23, and lost by approximately 70 votes, 1956
  • Has worked as a farmer, sheet metal shearer, and assembly line worker
  • Married Barbara Ann Speicher in Sep. 1954
  • Has five children
  • Born in New Hartford, IA on Sep. 17, 1933
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