VanKirks of Perry visit Chuck Grassley in Washington, D.C.

Meeting Iowa's senior senator in his Washington, D.C., offices May 10 were from left, Florence Harbison of Columbus Junction, Kade VanKirk of Perry and Carol VanKirk of Perry.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa met Wednesday with Carol VanKirk of Perry and her son, Kade VanKirk. Carol’s mother and Kade’s grandmother, Florence Harbison of Columbus Junction in Louisa County, joined her daughter and grandson during their vacation to Washington, D.C.

“I enjoyed meeting Carol and Kade,” said Grassley, who has held elected office continuously since 1959. “I appreciate the opportunity to meet face-to-face, hear concerns and answer questions from Iowans.”

Iowa’s senior senator greeted the VanKirks in his office and spoke about health care reform and other legislation that affects the manufacturing industry.

Grassley, first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1981, said he makes it a priority to meet with Iowans visiting Washington, D.C., in addition to attending events in Iowa, such as his annual 99-county tour of the state.

Grassley said he sets aside two hours each day to meet with Iowans who visit the nation’s capitol, and he encourages Iowans to write to him or visit one of his offices regarding questions or concerns they have with the federal government.

Meetings can be scheduled with Grassley on his website.


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