At 87, one of the oldest elected officials in the US Senate contracts COVID-19

One of the oldest US senators in the upper house announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country has been experiencing a conflagration of new contaminations for several weeks.

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“I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Chuck Grassley, who, at 87, is the second oldest elected to the Senate, posted on Twitter.

Elected president for the time of the Senate, Mr. Grassley is third in the order of succession in case of incapacity of the President, after Vice President, Mike Pence, and Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

The Republican senator from Iowa said he was fine and had “no symptoms” at the moment, but that he was quarantined in accordance with the recommendations of doctors and US centers. disease control.

Because of this sanitary isolation, Mr. Grassley, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1974 and then to the Senate in 1980, missed a voting session on Tuesday, the first in 27 years.

The last time Chuck Grassley was barred from voting was in 1993, the senator holding one of the highest attendance records in the Senate, with 8,927 consecutive sitting votes to his name.

Other members of the upper house have recently tested positive for COVID-19, including the dean of Congress, Republican Don Young, or been exposed to the virus, such as Florida Senator Rick Scott, who is also doing a quarantine .

By far the country most bereaved by the pandemic with 248,000 dead, the United States has experienced a surge in the number of infections since the end of October, particularly in the north of the country and the Midwest.

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