Longtime Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin announced his retirement.
Elected to the House in 1974 and to the Senate in 1984, Harkin announced Jan. 26 that he won’t run for re-election in 2014. He is 73 and would be 81 at the end of another term.
He leaves an impressive reservoir of good will in the Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid called him “a pillar of the Senate.” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York called him “one of the Senate’s most respected progressives.” Rep. Dave Loebsack called him “my political hero,” and Rep. Bruce Braley said his retirement was “a huge loss for the people of Iowa.”