Topics

University of Northern Iowa
Iowa's Grassley is first nonlawyer to head Senate Judiciary Committee
Iowa's Grassley is first nonlawyer to head Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Charles E. Grassley is fond of calling himself "a pig farmer from Iowa," but both friends and political opponents don't buy the country rube image. The 81-year-old Republican is expected Thursday to become the first nonlawyer to be elected chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in its 198-year history. Though he may occasionally crank up his old John Deere tractor when visiting his farm in New Hartford during Senate breaks, Grassley is better known in Washington for expertly grilling lawyers and judges during 34 years of committee hearings. "People have a tendency to underestimate Chuck Grassley," said Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the...

Loading