Charles Grassley

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Person.png Charles Grassley   C-SPAN NNDB Sourcewatch WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornCharles Ernest Grassley
New Hartford, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa
Children • Lee Wendy
• Robin Michele
• Jay
SpouseBarbara Grassley
Member ofHouse and Senate Taiwan Caucus
Interests • science/fraud
• big pharma

Employment.png United States Senator from Iowa

In office
January 3, 1981 Serving with Joni Ernst - Present
Preceded byJohn Culver, Bourke Hickenlooper"strong class="error">Error: Invalid time." contains an extrinsic dash or other characters that are invalid for a date interpretation.John Culver

Employment.png US/Senate/Committee on the Judiciary/Chair

In office
3 January 2015 - 3 January 2019
Succeeded byLindsey Graham

Employment.png Chairman of the Senate Narcotics Caucus

In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Preceded byDianne Feinstein

Employment.png Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

In office
January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2007

Employment.png Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee

In office
January 20, 2001 - June 6, 2001

Employment.png Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee

In office
January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001

A "powerful" powerful US senator with "a history of investigating misconduct in the biomedical sciences".[1]


Grassley has proposed a federal law, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which would require drug and device companies to register on a public website virtually all payments made to physicians.[2]

Grassley wrote in a February 2014 letter to the Office of Research Integrity about the fraud of Dong-Pyou Han, who was dismissed after admitted fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials that "this seems like a very light penalty for a doctor who purposely tampered with a research trial and directly caused millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted on fraudulent studies". Nature writes that his intervention was instrumental in the sentence being upped to 57 months in jail and a US$7.2 million file, with 3 years of supervised release after he leaves prison.[1]

2001 anthrax attacks

Charles Grassley, together with Rush Holt called for hearings into the DOJ and FBI's handling of the 2001 anthrax attacks investigation.[3]

2013 Boston Marathon bombings

Full article: Boston Marathon bombings

WhoWhatWhy report that Grassley wrote to FBI Chief James Comey that “Continued reluctance on the part of the FBI to share information with local law enforcement... would be extremely troubling.”[4]

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