Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat from Iowa, will not seek reelection
Tom Harkin, considered one of the most liberal Democratic senators, announced Saturday, he will not seek reelection in 2014. Harkin's departure could leave Democrats vulnerable in Iowa.
Harkin, 73, is one of the most liberal senators and has focused much of his long congressional career on farm policy and legislation aiding people with disabilities.
"I don't by any means plan to retire completely from public life at the end of this¬†Congress,"¬†Harkin¬†said in a statement. "But I am going to make way for someone new in this¬†Senate¬†seat. I think that is right not just for me, but for¬†Iowa, as well."
In his remaining two years in office,¬†Harkin¬†said he will focus on implementing President¬†Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, expanding job opportunities for people with disabilities and expanding access to education.
"When the current¬†Congress¬†is over, I will have served in the¬†United States¬†House of Representatives¬†and the U.S.Senate¬†for a total of 40 years. After 40 years, I just feel it's somebody else's turn," he said.