Grassley now third in line for presidency

Gov Terry Branstad, Sen Chuck Grassley at the opening of Wild Rose Casino.  |GCNO file photo

Sen Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was nominated as Senate pro tempore of the 116th Congress. The position places him third in line as president. Should either the president or the vice president leave office, Grassley would move up to the vice presidency. He would then become president if the president was unable to complete his term.

Gerald Ford became president by first being Senate pro tempore. He became vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned and became president when Richard Nixon resigned.

The position of Senate pro tempore historically goes the most senior member of the majority party in the Senate. It is one of a handful of offices specifically named in the U.S. Constitution.

“I may only three heartbeats away from the Oval Office, but my heart is and always will be in Iowa and here in the U.S. Senate, where I’ve worked for the people of Iowa and our nation for 38 years,” Grassley said in a prepared statement.

Also, Grassley will move to the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Finance from the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The economy is better than it’s been in years and there’s a sense of optimism about the future of our country that people haven’t felt in a long time thanks to the pro-growth policies of a Republican president and a Republican majority in Congress. Looking ahead at the Finance Committee, I want to continue to work to make sure that as many Americans as possible get to experience this good economy for themselves,” Grassley’s statement read.

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