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Sen. Harkin receives Starkloff Disability Institute lifetime achievement award

Sen. Harkin receives Starkloff Disability Institute lifetime achievement award

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 21 (UPI) --U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and comedian Maysoon Zayid were in attendance at the Starkloff Disability Institute's "Party to the Max" on Saturday.
Danielle Haynes
Hillary Clinton to attend Iowa steak fry fundraiser, famed launch pad for presidential bids

Hillary Clinton to attend Iowa steak fry fundraiser, famed launch pad for presidential bids

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Hillary Clinton will attend retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser, famed launch pad for political candidates on presidential campaigns.
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Iowa GOP nominee says states can nullify federal laws

Iowa GOP nominee says states can nullify federal laws

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) --Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst may wish to brush up on her high school civics after she was caught saying states can nullify federal law.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama, Dems push $10.10 minimum wage with Kristen Bell's help

Obama, Dems push $10.10 minimum wage with Kristen Bell's help

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) --Five years to the day since the last increase in the federal minimum wage, Democrats are renewing a call to bring the minimum up to $10.10 an hour.
Gabrielle Levy
Quinnipiac Poll shows tight U.S. Senate race for open seat in Iowa

Quinnipiac Poll shows tight U.S. Senate race for open seat in Iowa

HAMDEN, Conn., June 18 (UPI) --The Iowa Senate race is a tight one with Democrat Bruce Braley holding a 4-point lead over Republican Joni Ernst, a poll released Tuesday said.
Frances Burns
Ernst leads Braley, Clinton strong against GOP in Iowa poll

Ernst leads Braley, Clinton strong against GOP in Iowa poll

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) --The victory of Republican Joni Ernst in the Iowa Senate primary now looks like it may lead to a GOP pickup of a seat that once appeared safe in Democrat hands.
Gabrielle Levy
Republican Senate hopeful touts experience castrating hogs in TV commercial

Republican Senate hopeful touts experience castrating hogs in TV commercial

March 25 (UPI) -- Joni Ernst, hoping to win Iowa U.S. Senate nomination, hopes experience castrating hogs will help her stand out in crowded Republican field.
Frances Burns

Poll: Clinton has double-digit Iowa leads over possible GOP candidates

HAMDEN, Conn., March 13 (UPI) -- President Obama's low standing with Iowa voters appears to be having little effect on fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, a poll released Thursday indicated.
Seth Rogen shames senators who walked out on his Alzheimer's testimony

Seth Rogen shames senators who walked out on his Alzheimer's testimony

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Seth Rogen gave an impassioned, self-deprecating and heartfelt plea for Alzheimer's research funding on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Kate Stanton

Senate investigation uncovers school 'scream rooms'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is seeking federal legislation to regulate use of seclusion and restraints on unruly children in so-called scream rooms.
Transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address

Transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday. The transcript follows:
Half of federally-funded research to be made available to the public

Half of federally-funded research to be made available to the public

Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Last week's $1.1 billion omnibus spending bill contained a provision that now makes half of federally-funded research open to the public.
Ananth Baliga
At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Bipartisan law to improve compounded drug safety

Bipartisan law to improve compounded drug safety

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- One year after more than 60 died and 750 were sickened by fungal meningitis, the U.S. Senate passed a law to help ensure compound drug safety, officials say.

Senate to debate gay-rights job bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes a Senate bill to be debated Tuesday outlawing workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (R) is greeted by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, during a Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the public health response to the Swine Flu on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 28, 2009. Specter announced today he is switching from Republican to Democrat. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Thomas Richard "Tom" Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is the junior United States Senator from Iowa and a member of the Democratic Party. Harkin is currently the most senior junior senator. First elected to the Senate in 1984, Harkin was a candidate for his party's presidential nomination in 1992, and is currently chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Harkin was born in Cumming, Iowa. His father, Patrick Harkin, an Irish American was a coal miner and his mother, Frances, was a Slovene immigrant who died when he was ten. He still maintains his childhood house, where he and his five siblings were raised without hot running water or a furnace. He attended Dowling Catholic High School which is currently located in West Des Moines, Iowa. Harkin attended Iowa State University on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He graduated with a degree in government and economics in 1962, and served in the United States Navy as an active-duty jet pilot from 1962 to 1967. Harkin was stationed at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, where he ferried aircraft to and from the airbase that had been damaged in the Vietnam War and in operational and training accidents. He was also stationed for a time at Guantanamo Bay, where he flew missions in support of U-2 planes reconnoitering Cuba. After leaving active duty in 1967, he spent three years in the Ready Reserves, and transitioned into the Naval Reserves in 1970. He retired in 1989 with the rank of commander.

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