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Tom Harkin currently serves as the Jr. Senator for Iowa

Thomas Richard Harkin, a Democrat, has been the junior U. S. Senator from Iowa since 1984. (map) He is married to Ruth Harkin.

H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (health care reform)

On December 9, 2009, Senator Harkin was one of ten Democratic Senators to reach what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a “broad agreement”[1]on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The discussion focused on abandoning or greatly narrowing the public health insurance option. In exchange, people 55-64 would be able to buy in to Medicare and Medicaid eligibility would be expanded to people within 150 percent of the federal poverty line. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office released a statement on the compromise:

"I asked Senators Schumer and Pryor to work with some of the most moderate and most progressive members of our diverse caucus, and tonight they have come to a consensus. 
It is a consensus that includes a public option and will help ensure the American people win in two ways: one, insurance companies will face more competition, and two, the American people will have more choices. I know not all 10 Senators in the room agree on every single detail of this, nor will all 60 members of my caucus. But I know we all appreciate the hard work that these progressives and moderates have done to move this historic debate forward. I want to thank Senators Schumer, Pryor, Brown, Carper, Feingold, Harkin, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson and Rockefeller for working together for the greater good and never losing sight of our shared goal: making it possible for every American to afford to live a healthy life. As is long-standing practice, we do not disclose details of any proposal before the Congressional Budget Office has a chance to evaluate it. We will wait for that to happen, but in the meantime, tonight we are confident." [2]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Harkin voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Military Record

While running for his Senate seat, and again while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, Harkin made statements about his military record that implied he had flown combat missions over North Vietnam. After inquiries by Barry Goldwater and The Wall Street Journal, Harkin clarified that he had flown combat air patrols and reconnaissance missions over Cuba, and had flown aircraft into and out of Vietnam, but had never flown missions in Vietnam and had never engaged enemy aircraft in combat.[3]

Support for Alternative Medicine

According to Robert Johnson:

"Arguably the most powerful symbol of the recent coming of age of alternative medicine in the United States was the establishment of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) within the National Institutes of Health. The two legislators with the greatest responsibility for the growth of this office, and for the overall nurturing of alternative medicine with the vast medical-government complex, have been Senators Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch." [1]

For more on this subject, see James Harvey Young, "The Development of the Office of Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes of Health, 1991-1996," Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 1998. (Royden Brown, Berkley Bedell and Frank Wiewel)

Support for stem cell research

Harkin sponsored the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 which would have lifted restrictions on stem cell research. It passed the Senate in a vote of 63-34. It was later vetoed by President George W. Bush.[2]

Main article: U.S. federal stem cell legislation#Senate

National security and foreign policy

In late June, 2007, Sen. Harkin and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) began working on an amendment to the FY2008 Defense Department authorization bill that would close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Main article: FY 2008 Defense Department authorization

Bio

Background

Harkin was born November 19, 1939 in Cumming, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1962 and received his J.D. degree from Catholic University of America Law School in 1972. He served in the United States Navy from 1962-1967. Harkin was stationed at Atsugi Naval Air Station in Japan, where he ferried damaged aircraft to and from the airbase, and at Guantanamo Bay, where he flew missions in support of U-2 planes reconnoitering Cuba.

Harkin was an aide to Democratic Congressman Neal Smith, when he accompanied a congressional delegation that went to South Vietnam in 1970. Harkin published photographs he took during the trip and a detailed account of "tiger cages" at Con Son Island prison in Life Magazine on July 17, 1970. The account exposed shocking, inhuman conditions prisoners were forced to endure.

Harkin was an attorney before being elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1974, where he served until 1985. In 1984, Harkin was elected to the United States Senate from Iowa and was reelected in 1990, 1996 and 2002.

Congressional Career

While a member of the House, Harkin opposed President Gerald Ford's decision to support Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975. [4]

Harkin is known as an advocate for people with disabilities. In 1990, he wrote and was the chief sponsor of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Senator Harkin is a staunch supporter of Israel. He is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, which appropriates about $2 billion annually for military financing for Israel. In the Senate, he is the third-largest career recipient of pro-Israel Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions.[5]]

Harkin also supports efforts to raise the minimum wage. In 2006, Harkin, along with Senators Hillary Clinton, Edward M. Kennedy, Jim Jeffords, Patrick Leahy, and Barack Obama authored the Standing with Minimum Wage Earners Act of 2006. This bill would change the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1983 by keeping the wage increase for Congressional members at the same pace as the increase of the federal minimum wage. [6][7]

He ran for President in 1992 and won the Iowa caucus, but ultimately lost the Democratic Party nomination to Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Tom Harkin
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliatoins

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Affiliations

More Backround Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Tom Harkin. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-1502
Phone: 202-224-3254
TTYD Number: 202-224-4633
Fax: 202-224-9369
Web Email
Website

District Office - Cedar Rapids:
150 First Avenue Northeast
Suite 370
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: 319-365-4504
Fax: 319-365-4683

District Office - Davenport:
1606 Brady Street, Suite 323
Davenport, IA 52803
Phone: 563-322-1338
Fax: 563-322-0417

District Office - Des Moines:
210 Walnut Street
Federal Building, Room 733
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4574
Fax: 515-284-4937

District Office - Dubuque:
350 West Sixth Street
Federal Building, Room 315
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-582-2130
Fax: 563-582-2342

District Office - Sioux City:
320 Sixth Street
Federal Building, Room 110
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-252-1550
Fax: 712-252-1638

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. Robert Johnson, The Politics of Healing: Histories of Alternative Medicine in Twentieth-Century North America (Routledge, 2004), pp.3-4.
  2. Jeffrey Young. "Senate passes stem cell research bill," The Hill. April 11, 2007.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Articles by Harkin

  • Harkin, Tom and Thomas, C. E. "Five Minutes to Midnight: Why the Nuclear Threat Is Growing Faster Than Ever" Carol Publishing Corporation (1990) ISBN 1559720425.

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Committees:
110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
Committees Chaired:
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Committees,
Ranking Member On:

Caucuses:
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Agriculture Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Commerce Justice and Science and Related Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Defense, Senate Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Senate Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Transportation Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 6, 1984
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1985
Next Election:
November 4, 2014
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
no
Previous Political Work?
U.S. House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 150 First Avenue Northeast, Suite 370, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: 319-365-4504 / Fax: 319-365-4683
2. 1606 Brady Street, Suite 323, Davenport, IA 52803
Phone: 563-322-1338 / Fax: 563-322-0417
3. 210 Walnut Street, Federal Building, Room 733, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4574 / Fax: 515-284-4937
4. 350 West Sixth Street, Federal Building, Room 315, Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-582-2130 / Fax: 563-582-2342
5. 320 Sixth Street, Federal Building, Room 110, Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-252-1550 / Fax: 712-252-1638



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Date of Birth: November 19, 1939