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|U.S. Senate, Iowa|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 5, 1984|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|High school||Dowling Catholic High School|
|Bachelor's||Iowa State University|
|J.D.||Catholic University of America|
|Years of service||1962-1967|
|Service branch||U.S. Naval Reserve|
|Years of service||1968-74|
|Date of birth||November 19, 1939|
|Place of birth||Cumming, Iowa|
Harkin was born in 1939 in Cumming, Iowa. He earned his B.A. from Iowa State University in in 1962 and his J.D. from Catholic University of America in 1972. Sanders has also worked as a carpenter and journalist.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Harkin's political career:
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1975-1985
- U.S. Senate, 1985-Present
Harkin serves on the following Senate committees:
- Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman
- Subcommittee on Public Health
- Subcommittee on Employment, Safety and Training
- Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
- Appropriations Committee
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Chairman
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations
- Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, HUD, and Related Agencies
Harkin voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of three Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.
|U.S. Senate, Iowa General Election, 2008|
|Democratic||Tom Harkin Incumbent||62.7%||941,665|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Harkin paid his congressional staff a total of $2,814,112 in 2011. He ranks 18th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 21st overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Iowa ranks 26th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Harkin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $10,276,123 and $22,918,001. That averages to $16,597,062, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
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Harkin has been married to his wife Ruth (nee Raduenz) since 1968. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
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- Gov Track "Tom Harkin," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Thomas Richard Harkin," Accessed October 18, 2011
- Official Senate website "Committees page," Accessed October 18, 2011
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- 'U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- LegiStorm "Tom Harkin"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Harkin, (D-IA), 2010"
- Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 18, 2011
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