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Senator Grassley Tests Positive For COVID-19 As State Enhances Pandemic Restrictions

John Pemble
Iowa Public Radio
US Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, watches his grandson Rep. Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford become elected as the new Speaker of the Iowa House on the opening day of the 2020 legislative session.

Senator Chuck Grassley has tested positive for COVID-19, just a day after Governor Kim Reynolds announced additional measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by political scientists Jonathan Hassid of Iowa State University and Chris Larimer of the University of Northern Iowa for a look at this week’s top political news in the aftermath of Election Day and as COVID-19 cases spike across the state and country.


  • Chris Larimer, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jonathan Hassid, associate professor of political science, Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa