Iowa Rep. Braley officially running for Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate seat
By Greg Janetka
DES MOINES, Iowa: On February 7, Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley became the first to officially announce his candidacy for Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate seat in 2014. Harkin (D) announced last month that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate once his current term expires. Upon his retirement, he will have served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years.
Following Harkin's announcement, Democrats quickly circled around Braley and he was expected to throw his hat into the ring. Braley has represented Waterloo in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.
Following his announcement, Braley stated, "I'm excited about this opportunity. I love the state of Iowa, I love the people of Iowa. I plan to work very hard over the next two years to be able to convince the entire state that I am best capable of representing them in the U.S. Senate."
- USA Today, "Iowa Sen. Harkin will not seek re-election," January 26, 2013
- AP, "APNewsBreak: Harkin won't seek 6th Senate term," January 26, 2013
- The Hill, "Rep. Braley meeting with Harry Reid, DSCC Chairman Bennet about Iowa Senate race," January 31, 2013
- The State Journal, "Iowa Democrat Braley announces 2014 US Senate bid," February 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Seeking His Seat, Braley Wants to Follow in Harkin's Footsteps," February 12, 2013
- Omaha.com, "Could Iowa's Steve King win over moderates, independents if he sought Senate seat?," February 6, 2013