To: Interested Parties

From: Matt Sinovic, Progress Iowa
Subject: The "Full Grassley" 99 county tour should be renamed the "Fake Grassley"
Date: October 10, 2017

Sen. Grassley Held Just 15 Public Meetings in 2017, Avoids Largest Counties For Public Meetings

Since joining the Senate in 1981, Senator Chuck Grassley has claimed to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties
every year. In recent years, his 99 county tours have gained more prominence, being referred to as the ‘full
Grassley.’ His annual county tour has also been emulated by a number of candidates campaigning in Iowa.

Although Senator Grassley visits all 99 counties every year, many of those meetings are not open to the
public. According to a statement published by Senator Grassley’s office, there are a variety of formats during
his 99 county tour: private question and answer sessions at businesses or organizations, visits to schools, and
“open-to-the-public town meetings,” These town meetings are the only format used by Senator Grassley that
are open to the public, and are “announced in a news release,” according to that same statement.

Despite these different categories of meeting during his 99 county tour, Senator Grassley has blurred the
line between public and private events when discussing them. For example, in April of 2016 he stated:

“And when I’m in Iowa for 36 years I’ve held a town meeting in every county...”

Based on the categories described above, after reading that statement, one would think that Senator Grassley
holds a public town meeting in every county, every year. But as his own office stated, there are other formats
for his 99 county meetings that are private events. Our research also discovered that the majority of these
meetings are in fact not public.

Because of Senator Grassley’s various characterizations of his 99 county tour, and in an effort to better
understand his public meetings, Progress Iowa conducted in-depth research regarding Senator Chuck
Grassley’s public town meetings dating back through January 2011. We examined the Senator’s press
releases, his online public calendar (which has since been removed from his website), and even his Twitter
feed, first releasing our results in the summer and fall of 2016, now updated through October of 2017. Our
source material is listed at the end of this report.

What we discovered is that Senator Grassley has not held an “open-to-the-public town meeting” as part of his
annual 99 county tour in nearly all of the state’s major population centers, including no public meetings in 10
counties overall, 8 of which are among Iowa’s most populous 10 counties.

Our findings were surprising for a Senator who regularly claims to be open to public input and whose annual
county tours have become the stuff of political legend. The data tells the story quite clearly – Senator Grassley
has consistently avoided holding “open-to-the-public town meetings” in most of Iowa’s largest counties. After
conducting our research, we believe his 99 county tour, often referred to as the ‘Full Grassley,’ would be more
aptly named the ‘Fake Grassley.’

KEY FINDINGS
1
● Since 2011, Senator Grassley held just 3 public town hall meetings in Iowa’s 10 most populated
counties, and held no public meetings in 8 of the 10 most populated counties:
○ Polk: 0
○ Linn: 0
○ Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)
○ Johnson: 0
○ Black Hawk: 0
○ Woodbury: 0
○ Dubuque: 0
○ Story: 0
○ Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)
○ Dallas: 0
● Senator Grassley has not held a public meeting in Polk, Linn, Johnson, Black Hawk, Woodbury,
Dubuque, Story, Dallas, Jasper, or Fayette counties, which comprise more than 40% of Iowa’s total
population, according to census.gov.
● Less than half of his 99 county tour meetings are open to the public; in 2017, Senator Grassley has
stated he has visited all 99 counties, but just 15 of those have been public town meetings

SENATOR GRASSLEY’S PUBLIC TOWN MEETINGS BY COUNTY

SUMMARY TABLE
Counties with Zero public town hall meetings are highlighted in yellow

Senator Chuck Grassley's public town meetings held in each county
TOTAL per
County 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 COUNTY
Adair 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4
Adams 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 4
Allamakee 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4
Appanoose 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Audubon 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 5
Benton 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
Black Hawk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Boone 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
Bremer 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
Buchanan 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Buena Vista 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Butler 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
Calhoun 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4
Carroll 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
2
Cass 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 4
Cedar 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3
Cerro Gordo 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Cherokee 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
Chickasaw 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4
Clarke 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Clay 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
Clayton 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Clinton 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Crawford 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Davis 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 4
Decatur 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3
Delaware 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Des Moines 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Dickinson 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
Dubuque 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Emmet 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
Fayette 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Floyd 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
Franklin 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Fremont 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 5
Greene 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
Grundy 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
Guthrie 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4
Hamilton 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3
Hancock 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
Hardin 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
Harrison 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 5
Henry 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Howard 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
Humboldt 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4
Ida 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3
Iowa 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Jackson 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
Jasper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jefferson 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
3
Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jones 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
Keokuk 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 5
Kossuth 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Lee 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Linn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Louisa 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 5
Lucas 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 5
Lyon 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 4
Madison 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3
Mahaska 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Marion 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Marshall 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
Mills 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
Mitchell 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Monona 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4
Monroe 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3
Montgomery 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Muscatine 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 4
O'Brien 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3
Osceola 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 5
Page 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Palo Alto 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4
Plymouth 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3
Pocahontas 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3
Polk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pottawattami
e 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Poweshiek 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
Ringgold 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 4
Sac 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Scott 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Shelby 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
Sioux 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Story 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tama 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4
Taylor 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6
4
Union 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Van Buren 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4
Wapello 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Warren 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
Washington 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 5
Wayne 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4
Webster 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Winnebago 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Winneshiek 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 4
Woodbury 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Worth 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Wright 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
TOTALS 37 63 63 31 36 36 15 281

LIST OF EACH PUBLIC TOWN HALL EVENT HELD BY SEN. GRASSLEY

Adair
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/18/12, Andrews Memorial Adair County Health & Fitness Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 2/20/13, Adair County Health & Fitness Center, Andrews Memorial Room [Source: Press
Release]
● 2014: 5/28/14, Adair County Memorial Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 6/2/17, Adair County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
Adams
● 2011: 7/5/11, Corning Community Building [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter];
9/1/11, Corning Community Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: 7/1/13, Corning Nursing and Rehab [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 4/14/14, Boz’s Kitchen [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/19/15, Corning Nursing and Rehab Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Allamakee
● 2011: 4/19/11, Farm Bureau Office [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 4/10/12, Allamakee County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/25/13, Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 8/4/16, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
5
Appanoose
● 2011: 4/28/11, Mercy Medical Center Conference Rooms A&B [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: 2/19/13, Appanoose County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Audubon
● 2011: 7/5/11, ACED Community Room [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 9/1/11,
ACED Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/21/12, Audubon County Economic Development [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/2/13, Audubon County Economic Development [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 4/16/14, Audubon County Economic Development [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/20/15, Audubon County Economic Development [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Benton
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/12/12, Vinton City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: 7/2/15, Vinton City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 2/16/16, Vinton City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Black Hawk
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Boone
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/19/12, Boone County Historical Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/2/13, Boone City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 10/9/17, City Hall Auditorium, Boone [Source: Press Release]
Bremer
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/5/12, Wartburg College [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
6
● 2014: None
● 2015: 1/3/15, Waverly Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 1/7/16, Waverly Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Buchanan
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/12/12, County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/28/13, Independence Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Buena Vista
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 8/30/16, Sioux Rapids Memorial Library [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Butler
● 2011: None
● 2012: 2/22/12, Butler County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: 1/3/15, Allison Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 1/6/16, Allison Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: 2/24/17, Parkersburg Civic Center [Source: Press Release]
Calhoun
● 2011: None
● 2012: 5/1/12, Farnhamville Farmers Coop [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/29/13, Rockwell City Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 9/2/14, Rockwell City Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 7/25/15, Rockwell City Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Carroll
● 2011: 7/5/11, New Hope Village, Activity Center Gymnasium [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled,
Source: Twitter]; 8/29/11, New Hope Village Activity Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/22/12, Carroll County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 8/26/13, Charlie’s Steakhouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 7/25/15, Carroll County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
7
Cass
● 2011: 8/30/11, Cass County Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/20/12, Cass County Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: 5/28/14, Iowa Western Cass County Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/20/15, Atlantic Municipal Utilities [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Cedar
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 3/28/13, Cedar County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 5/28/15, Cedar County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 2/17/16, Cedar County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Cerro Gordo
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 3/26/13, North Iowa Area Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 1/8/16, Clear Lake Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Cherokee
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 8/27/13, Cherokee County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 8/29/16, Cherokee County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Chickasaw
● 2011: 4/20/11, Wellness Complex Multipurpose Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/5/12, Chickasaw Wellness Complex [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 1/15/13, New Hampton Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 1/7/16, Chickasaw Wellness Complex [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Clarke
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 2/19/13, Clarke County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
8
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Clay
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 8/27/13, Clay County Administration Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 8/12/14, Spencer City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/27/15, Spencer City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Clayton
● 2011: None
● 2012: 4/10/12, Guttenberg Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/25/13, Elkader Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Clinton
● 2011: 2/21/11, De Witt Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 2/17/16, De Witt City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Crawford
● 2011: 8/29/11, Denison Municipal Utilities Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 7/3/12, Charter Oak Community Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 8/26/13, Denison Municipal Utilities Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 9/3/14, Denison Municipal Utilities Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Dallas
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Davis
● 2011: 4/28/11, Mutchler Community Center [Source: Press Release]
9
● 2012: None
● 2013: 4/4/13, Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 5/30/14, Mutchler Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 6/1/16, Mutchler Community Center [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Decatur
● 2011: 4/27/11, Leon Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: 2/19/13, Leon Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 5/6/16, Leon Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Delaware
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/12/12, Manchester Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Des Moines
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: 7/1/14, Mediapolis City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 5/29/15, West Burlington City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Dickinson
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 8/28/13, Spirit Lake Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/27/15, Spirit Lake Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Dubuque
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
10
● 2017: None
Emmet
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 5/30/13, Iowa Lakes Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 8/13/14, Iowa Lakes Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/27/15, Iowa Lakes Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Fayette
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Floyd
● 2011: 4/26/11, City Hall Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: 3/9/13, Charles City Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 2/23/17, Floyd County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
Franklin
● 2011: 4/21/11, Sheffield Inn Meeting Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/11/12, Center 1 Chamber [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/26/13, Center 1, Back Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Fremont
● 2011: 7/6/11, The Gathering Place [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 8/31/11,
Sidney Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/21/12, Sapp Brothers Travel Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/1/13, The Gathering Place [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 4/14/14, George C. Grape Community Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/19/15, Tabor Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Greene
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/19/12, Grand Junction Community Center [Source: Press Release]
11
● 2013: None
● 2014: 9/3/14, Greene County Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Grundy
● 2011: None
● 2012: 2/22/12, King Memorial Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: 1/5/15, King Memorial Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 1/6/16, King Memorial Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Guthrie
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/18/12, Panora Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 2/21/13, Guthrie County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 8/11/16, Guthrie County Hospital [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: 5/30/17, Guthrie County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
Hamilton
● 2011: None
● 2012: 5/1/12, ISU Extension Office [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/30/13, Hamilton County Extension Office [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 3/30/15, Hamilton County Extension Office [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Hancock
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/10/12, Garner Education Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/26/13, Garner Education Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 2/21/17, Hancock County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
Hardin
● 2011: None
● 2012: 2/22/12, Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/2/13, Eldora City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 2/21/17, Iowa Falls Fire Department [Source: Press Release]
12
Harrison
● 2011: 7/7/11, United Western Coop [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 8/31/11,
United Western Coop [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/21/12, Logan Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/2/13, Logan Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 4/15/14, Main Street Station [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 8/10/16, Main Street Station [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Henry
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: 5/29/15, Access Energy Cooperative [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Howard
● 2011: 4/20/11, Cresco Bank and Trust Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: 2/17/14, Cresco Bank and Trust Community Room [Source: Press Release] [Rescheduled due to
weather]; 3/17/14, Cresco Bank and Trust Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 1/7/16, Cresco Bank and Trust Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Humboldt
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/10/12, VFW Post [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/29/13, Humboldt County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 8/13/14, Rustix Event Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 6/3/16, Humboldt County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Ida
● 2011: None
● 2012: 7/3/12, Ida Grove Community Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 8/26/13, Ida County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 9/2/14, Lohff Schumann Memorial Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Iowa
● 2011: None
● 2012: 2/23/12, Marengo Public Library [Source: Press Release]
13
● 2013: 4/2/13, Williamsburg Community Recreation Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 2/16/16, Marengo Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Jackson
● 2011: 2/21/11, Hurstville Interpretive Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 5/29/12, Hurstville Interpretive Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: 3/21/14, Jackson County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Jasper
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Jefferson
● 2011: 4/29/11, Batavia Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/8/12, Lockridge Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 4/3/13, Libertyville Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Johnson
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Jones
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: 3/21/14, Jones County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 9/1/16, Jones County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
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Keokuk
● 2011: 4/18/11, Sigourney Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 2/23/12, Sigourney Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 4/3/13, Hedrick Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 6/2/16, Keokuk County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: 4/18/17, Keokuk County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
Kossuth
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/10/12, County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/30/13, Kossuth County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Lee
● 2011: None
● 2012: 8/7/12, Pilot Grove Savings Bank [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: 5/29/15, Fort Madison City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Linn
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Louisa
● 2011: 2/21/11, Wapello Ambulance Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/7/12, Columbus Junction City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 4/4/13, Wapello Ambulance Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 7/1/14, Columbus Junction City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 7/29/16, Columbus Junction City Hall [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Lucas
● 2011: 4/27/11, Chariton Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/17/12, Chariton Carpenter Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 2/20/13, Chariton Carpenter Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 5/29/14, Chariton Carpenter Hall [Source: Press Release]
15
● 2015: 3/31/15, Chariton Carpenter Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Lyon
● 2011: None
● 2012: 7/2/12, George North Community Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 8/28/13, Rock Rapids Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 8/12/14, Rock Rapids Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 3/28/16, Rock Rapids Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Madison
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/18/12, Winterset Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 2/20/13, Winterset Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 3/7/15, Truro Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Mahaska
● 2011: None
● 2012: 2/23/12, Oskaloosa Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 4/2/13, Smokey Row Coffee [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Marion
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: 5/30/14, Pella Community Services Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Marshall
● 2011: 4/26/11, State Center Fire Station Meeting Room [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/19/12, Le Grand Area Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/2/13, Marshalltown Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 1/5/15, Marshalltown Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Mills

16
● 2011: 7/6/11, Glenwood Senior Center [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 8/31/11,
Glenwood Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/21/12, Glenwood Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/1/13, Glenwood Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/19/15, Malvern Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Mitchell
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/11/12, Krapek Family Fine Arts Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 1/8/16, Osage Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Monona
● 2011: 7/7/11, Onawa Community Center [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 8/31/11,
Onawa Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 7/3/12, Mapleton Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 8/26/13, Onawa Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 8/31/17, Mapleton Community Center [Source: Press Release]
Monroe
● 2011: 4/28/11, First Iowa State Bank Heritage Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/17/12, Albia Area Chamber of Commerce [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: 4/1/15, Albia Area Chamber of Commerce [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Montgomery
● 2011: 7/6/11, Montgomery County Family YMCA [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter];
8/30/11, Montgomery County Family YMCA [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: 7/1/13, Montgomery County Family YMCA [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Muscatine
● 2011: 2/21/11, Wilton Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
17
● 2013: None
● 2014: 7/2/14, Muscatine Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 7/2/15, Eastern Iowa REC [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 2/18/16, Muscatine Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
O'Brien
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 8/27/13, O’Brien County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 8/12/14, Sheldon Community Services Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: 8/29/17, Primghar Community Building [Source: Press Release]
Osceola
● 2011: None
● 2012: 7/2/12, Ashton Legion Community Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: 8/12/14, Osceola County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/26/15, Osceola Community Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 3/28/16, Ocheyedan Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: 8/30/17, Sibley Senior Center [Source: Press Release]
Page
● 2011: 7/6/11, Shenandoah Medical Center [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter];
8/31/11, Shenandoah Medical Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/20/12, Page County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/1/13, Clarinda Regional Health Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Palo Alto
● 2011: None
● 2012: 5/2/12, Palo Alto County Elections Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/29/13, Iowa Lakes Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/27/15, Iowa Lakes Community College [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 7/22/16, The Election Center Front Room [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Plymouth
● 2011: None
● 2012: 7/2/12, Akron Fire Station [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 8/28/13, Floyd Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/26/15, Floyd Valley Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
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● 2017: None
Pocahontas
● 2011: None
● 2012: 5/2/12, Pocahontas Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/29/13, Pocahontas Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 8/13/14, Pocahontas Community Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Polk
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Pottawattamie
● 2011: 7/6/11, Oakland Community Building [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter];
8/30/11, Oakland Community Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Poweshiek
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 4/2/13, Michael J. Manatt Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/25/15, Michael J. Manatt Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Ringgold
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/17/12, Jamie’s Coffee Mill & Deli [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: 5/28/14, Ringgold County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 5/6/16, Ringgold County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: 8/23/17, Ringgold County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
Sac
● 2011: None
● 2012: 5/1/12, Sac County Conservation Center Classroom [Source: Press Release]
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● 2013: 8/27/13, Sac City Law Enforcement Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 9/2/14, Odebolt Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 7/25/15, Sac City Law Enforcement Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 8/16/16, Sac County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: 4/20/17, Iowa State Bank, Sac City [Source: Press Release]
Scott
● 2011: 2/21/11, Eldridge Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 5/29/12, Eldridge Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Shelby
● 2011: 7/7/11, Harlan Public Library [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 8/30/11,
Harlan Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/21/12, Harlan Community Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/2/13, Harlan Community Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: 4/15/14, Shelby County DevelopSource [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: 8/20/15, Shelby County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 8/10/16, Shelby County Farm Bureau [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: 8/31/17, Harlan Community Library [Source: Press Release]
Sioux
● 2011: None
● 2012: 7/2/12, Prairie Winds Event Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: 8/12/14, Sioux Center Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 3/29/16, Northwestern College [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Story
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Tama
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/12/12, Gladbrook American Legion [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 4/2/13, Tama Civic Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/25/15, Tama County Administration Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 2/16/16, Tama Civic Center [Source: Press Release]
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● 2017: None
Taylor
● 2011: 7/5/11, Taylor County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release] [Cancelled, Source: Twitter]; 9/1/11,
Taylor County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/20/12, Taylor County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 7/1/13, Taylor County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 8/19/15, Taylor County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 5/5/16, Taylor County Farm Bureau [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: 8/24/17, Bedford City Hall [Source: Press Release]
Union
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/18/12, Creston City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 2/19/13, Afton Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Van Buren
● 2011: 2/22/11, Village Cup and Cakes [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 8/8/12, Village Cup and Cakes [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 4/4/13, Van Buren County Hospital [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 5/29/15, Van Buren County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Wapello
● 2011: None
● 2012: 8/7/12, Agency Area Community Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Warren
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: 2/20/13, Warren County Administration Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 3/7/15, Norwalk Public Safety Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Washington
● 2011: 4/18/11, Riverside City Community Building [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 2/23/12, Kalona Chamber of Commerce [Source: Press Release]
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● 2013: 4/3/13, Washington Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 7/1/15, Washington County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 7/28/16, Washington County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Wayne
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/17/12, Wayne County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 2/19/13, Wayne County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: 4/1/15, Wayne County Courthouse [Source: Press Release]
● 2016: 6/1/16, Wayne County Courthouse [Source: Grassley Senate Website] cancelled &
rescheduled/held on 8/26/16 [Source: Grassley Senate Website]
● 2017: None
Webster
● 2011: None
● 2012: 5/1/12, ISU Extension Office [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 5/29/13, Fort Dodge Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Winnebago
● 2011: 4/20/11, Lake Mills Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/10/12, Waldorf College [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/26/13, Lake Mills Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None
Winneshiek
● 2011: 4/19/11, Vesterheim Museum [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: 1/11/12, Calmar Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: 3/25/13, Vesterheim Museum [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: 1/7/16, Iowa’s Dairy Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Woodbury
● 2011: None
● 2012: None
● 2013: None
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
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● 2017: None
Worth
● 2011: None
● 2012: 1/11/12, Manly City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2013: None
● 2014: 2/18/14, Northwood Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2015: None
● 2016: 1/8/16, Manly City Hall [Source: Press Release]
● 2017: None
Wright
● 2011: 4/21/11, Leinbach Center [Source: Press Release]
● 2012: None
● 2013: 5/30/13, Clarion Public Library [Source: Press Release]
● 2014: None
● 2015: None
● 2016: None
● 2017: None

METHODOLOGY

Progress Iowa reviewed every press release issued by Senator Grassley’s office dating back to January 2011.
The releases pertinent to the Senator’s public event schedule are listed below, and were the primary source for
our research. In addition, we reviewed his online calendar (which has now been removed from the Senator’s
official website), as well as Senator Grassley’s Twitter feed and email newsletter to ensure a comprehensive
review of his public town meetings.

SOURCE MATERIAL

PRESS RELEASES
Source: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases

2011

February 21, 2011: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meet-iowans-10-counties-
week
April 18, 2011: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-will-meet-iowans-33-counties-
week-and-next
June 22, 2011: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-meetings-14-iowa-counties-
july-5-%E2%80%93-7
August 29, 2011: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-begins-town-meetings-iowans-
14-counties
August 15, 2011: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-town-meetings-iowans-
14-counties
December 23, 2011 (about 2012 meetings): http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-
plans-meetings-iowans-36-counties-start-new-year
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2012

January 13, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meetings-iowa-continue-next-
week
January 5, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-begins-2012-meetings-iowans-
36-counties
February 21, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-county-meetings-week
March 30, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meet-iowans-eastern-iowa-
next-week
March 29, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-town-meetings-allamakee-
and-clayton-counties
April 17, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-meetings-11-counties-april-
30-through-may-2
May 9, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meet-eastern-iowans-week-
memorial-day
May 25, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meet-eastern-iowans-next-week
June 29, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-meetings-next-week-
northwest-iowa
June 19, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-july-meetings-northwest-
iowa
July 6, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-meetings-des-moines-area
July 23, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-august-meetings-
southeast-iowa
July 30, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-additional-august-meetings-
iowa
August 7, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-begins-meetings-iowans-21-
counties
August 10, 2012: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-des-moines-monday-and-
tuesday

2013

January 14, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meetings-week-iowa
January 30, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-meetings-iowans-16-
counties
February 11, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-16-iowa-counties-next-week
February 19, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-holding-meetings-week-16-
iowa-counties
March 1, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-meeting-floyd-county
March 12, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-meetings-iowa-during-
easter-recess-senate
March 25, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-begins-meetings-30-iowa-
communities
April 15, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-meetings-central-iowa
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May 28, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meetings-week-northwest-iowa
June 7, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-plans-meetings-southwest-iowa
June 27, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-meetings-southwest-iowa-start-
monday
August 12, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-august-meetings-15-
northwest-iowa-communities
August 20, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-august-meetings-15-
northwest-iowa-communities-0
December 23, 2013: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-kick-99-county-tour

2014

January 13, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-meetings-11-iowa-
communities
February 4, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-13-meetings-north-
central-northeast-iowa
March 10, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-meetings-16-iowa-
communities
April 4, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-five-meetings-southwest-iowa
May 16, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-meetings-six-iowa-
communities
June 17, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-three-meetings-southeast-
iowa
July 29, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-eight-meetings-northwest-
iowa
August 19, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-five-town-meetings-
northwest-iowa
December 16, 2014: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-kick-annual-99-county-tour

2015

February 27, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-two-town-meetings-
central-iowa
March 20, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-town-meetings-four-iowa-
communities
May 12, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-five-town-meetings-
southeast-iowa
June 15, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-three-town-meetings-
eastern-iowa
July 8, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-town-meetings-three-iowa-
communities
August 3, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-seven-town-meetings-
southwest-iowa
August 10, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-town-meetings-eight-
iowa-communities
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October 16, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-completes-annual-99-county-
meetings-2015
December 23, 2015: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-kick-annual-99-county-
meetings

2016

February 2, 2016: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-continue-annual-99-county-
meetings-feb-16-feb-18
March 21, 2016: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-three-town-meetings-
northwest-iowa
April 28, 2016: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-three-town-meetings-
southwest-south-central-iowa

2017

February 10, 2017
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-hold-town-meetings-feb-21-feb-24
April 7, 2017
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-continue-annual-99-county-meetings-town-
meetings-april-18-and-20
May 23, 2017
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-continue-annual-99-county-meetings-town-
meetings-may-30-and-june-2
August 14, 2017
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-continue-annual-99-county-meetings-six-town-
meetings-western-iowa
October 3, 2017
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-finish-annual-99-county-meetings-town-
meeting-boone

SENATOR GRASSLEY’S ONLINE CALENDAR
(included in Progress Iowa’s original report released July 2016; it has subsequently been removed from
http://grassley.senate.gov)

2011 & 2012
Do not appear on Senator Grassley’s online calendar

2013
Appears on Senator Grassley’s online calendar but lists no events

2014
January through May list no events
June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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2015
January | February | March | April | May | June | July
August | September | October | November | December

2016
January | February | March | April | May | June | July

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