WASHINGTON (KWWL) — The Senate Republican majority of the upcoming 116th Congress unanimously nominated Senator Chuck Grassley to be Senate pro tempore, a position that has historically been bestowed upon the most senior member of the majority party in the upper chamber of Congress.
Upon his expected election to the position by the full Senate on January 3, 2019, Grassley will become third in the line of presidential succession following the Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Grassley has represented Iowa in the US Senate for 38 years. He will succeed Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah as Senate pro tempore.
“This is an honor for me and the state of Iowa. The President pro tempore is one of a handful of offices specifically named by the Founders in the Constitution,” Grassley said. “I may only be 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. My commitment to representative government and the deliberative body of the U.S. Senate is stronger than ever. I’ll work to see that we uphold the Senate as a check on the executive and judicial branches of government, including our constitutional authority to provide advice and consent.”
Information from the Congressional Research Service regarding regarding the position of Senate pro template can be found here.