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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1972; U.S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; sought Democratic nomination for president, 1992; U.S. Senate, 1985-2015
Born: Nov. 19, 1939; Cumming, Iowa
Residence: Cumming
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Ruth Harkin; two children
Education: Iowa State U., B.S. 1962; Catholic U. of America, J.D. 1972
Military Service: Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74
Start of Service: Elected: 1984 (5th term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Commodities, Risk Management & Trade; Conservation, Forestry & Natural Resources; Nutrition, Specialty Crops, & Agricultural Research); Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Energy-Water; Labor-HHS-Education - Chairman; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Election History
2008generalTom Harkin (D) 941,66562.7
Christopher Reed (R) 560,00637.3
2002generalTom Harkin (D) 554,27854.2
Greg Ganske (R) 447,89243.8
Timothy Harthan (GREEN) 11,3401.1
Richard Moore (LIBERT) 8,8640.9
1996generalTom Harkin (D) 634,16651.8
Jim Lightfoot (R) 571,80746.7
Sue Atkinson (I) 9,7680.8
Fred Gratzon (NL) 4,2480.3
Joe Sulentic (I) 1,9410.2
Shirley Pena (SW) 1,8440.2
1990generalTom Harkin (D) 535,97554.0
Tom Tauke (R) 446,86945.0
1984generalTom Harkin (D) 716,88356.0
Roger Jepsen (R) 564,38144.0
1982generalTom Harkin (D) 93,33358.9
1980generalTom Harkin (D) 127,89560.2
Cal Hultman (R) 84,47239.8
1978generalTom Harkin (D) 82,33358.9
Julian Garrett (R) 57,37741.1
1976generalTom Harkin (D) 135,60064.9
Kenneth Fulk (R) 71,37734.1
1974generalTom Harkin (D) 81,14651.1
William Scherle (R) 77,68348.9
1972generalWilliam Scherle (R) 108,59655.3
Tom Harkin (D) 87,93744.7
Roll Call Vitals


Iowa is 23rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.