FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, talks with the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tuesday March 12, 2013 meeting comes five days after the panel approved Congress� first gun control measure since December�s carnage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 26 students and educators dead. That bill, by the Judiciary Committee�s chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and others, establishes long prison terms for illegal gun traffickers and straw purchasers, people who buy a firearm for criminals or others forbidden to buy one. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
As he's done every year for more than three decades, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley plans to hold at least one meeting in each of Iowa's 99 counties in 2014.
He's not waiting long to get started.
He'll hold his first events Jan. 3 with stops in the northeast Iowa cities of Nashua and Charles City.
Grassley has met with residents of all the state's counties every year since he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980.
In a news release, he says "representative government is a two-way street" that is strengthened by discussions between officials and the people they represent.