Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley was hospitalized on Tuesday, according to an announcement from his office.
He is “receiving antibiotic infusions at an area hospital to treat an infection,” according to a statement from Grassley’s office. At 90 years old, he is the eldest and longest-serving current member of the Senate.
“He is in good spirits and will return to work as soon as possible following doctors’ orders,” the statement continued.
Grassley maintained an active X account through Sunday at the latest.
The Iowa Republican uploaded a photo of himself savoring a Blizzard ice cream from the restaurant chain Dairy Queen on Saturday.
Presumably alluding to the severe winter conditions that fell upon his state before the Republican presidential caucuses on Monday, he quipped that it was better than an actual blizzard.
Dairy Queen blizzard > winter blizzard pic.twitter.com/aoCDqcueI8
— Chuck Grassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 13, 2024
The senator has refrained from providing any commentary regarding the Iowa caucuses results, which were decisively won by former President Donald Trump.
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and Florida governor Ron DeSantis placed second and third, respectively.
No endorsement has been issued by Grassley in the Republican primary.
The 90-year-old was born in 1933, during the initial months of the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Grassley served three terms in the House of Representatives after being elected for the first time in 1974.
He conducted his initial triumphant Senate campaign in 1980.
Situated in his Senate seat since that time, Grassley is currently serving his eighth term subsequent to his re-election in 2022. His term will conclude in January 2029.