Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin
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U.S. Senate, Iowa
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 30
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
High schoolDowling Catholic High School
Bachelor'sIowa State University
J.D.Catholic University of America
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1962-1967
Service branchU.S. Naval Reserve
Years of service1968-74
Date of birthNovember 19, 1939
Place of birthCumming, Iowa
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas Richard "Tom" Harkin (b. November 9, 1939) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Iowa. Harkin was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Harkin is a "moderate Democratic leader".[1]

On January 26, 2013, Harkin announced that he would not seek re-election once his current term expires. Upon his retirement, he will have served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. Prior to this, he served in the U.S. House for ten years. He told USA Today, "I have mixed feelings. You know what, it's somebody else's turn. To walk away from this position and this power is not an easy thing. But I think it's the right thing."[2]


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.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Harkin's political career:

  • U.S. House of Representatives, 1975-1985
  • U.S. Senate, 1985-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Harkin serves on the following Senate committees[4]:


Harkin served on the following Senate committees[5]:


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[6]



On January 26, 2013, Harkin announced that he will not seek re-election in 2014.[7]


On November 4, 2008, Harkin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Christopher Reed (R) in the general election.[8]

U.S. Senate, Iowa General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Harkin Incumbent 62.7% 941,665
     Republican Christopher Reed 37.3% 560,006
Total Votes 1,501,671


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[10]

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Harkin has been married to his wife Ruth (nee Raduenz) since 1968. They have two daughters and three grandchildren[11].

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Jepsen
U.S. Senate - Iowa
Succeeded by