“Love Chuck Grassley, that’s the way the Senate works,” Graham said. “He took the Finance Committee so I could be chairman, and he’ll come back and fill out his time, and I’ll come back and somebody else will come along.”
Senate Republicans allow their members to chair a committee for six years in total, regularly leading to a round of musical chairs as different senators face committee term limits.
Grassley has more seniority on the Judiciary Committee than Graham. Graham added that the Iowa Republican is “a very special friend” who has two more years where he could be chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Grassley’s role as chairman would depend on Republicans keeping the Senate in 2020.
Grassley said on Wednesday that he would “absolutely” want to go back to being Judiciary chairman and spoke to Graham about the request in November.
As Judiciary chairman in the last Congress, Grassley oversaw the hotly-contested confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.