Iowa Rep. Braley officially running for Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate seat

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February 14, 2013

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley

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.[1][2]

Following Harkin's announcement, Democrats quickly circled around Braley and he was expected to throw his hat into the ring.[3] Braley has represented Waterloo in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.[4]

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."[5]

Reps. Steve King and Tom Latham are considered the Republican frontrunners. If they both decide to join the race it is expected to be a contentious fight for the nomination.[6]

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