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Tom Harkin Retirement

Senate Dem Gets 'Good Riddance' From Science

RealClearPolitics | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

Progressive Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced his retirement recently, foregoing a re-election bid in 2014. Science Insider, the policy news arm of the...

Dem Departure Presents Rare Chance For GOP

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

DES MOINES, Iowa — The announcement that veteran U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin would not run for re-election came as such a shock that neither his own pa...

Ed Today: Tom Harkin's Retirement Will Leave Education Committee Gap

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.30.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.

Past Self-Destruction Looms Large Over GOP Opportunities

Salon | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

The news was good for Republicans over the weekend when Tom Harkin announced that he wouldn’t seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. ...

Now That Sen. Harkin Is Retiring, Who Will Rescue Our Retirement?

Jane White | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Jane White

Like Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, Harkin comes from a humble background, making him more sensitive to the financial stress facing most Americans than most of his colleagues.