Harkin won’t seek another term in Senate

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January 27, 2013

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will retire from the Senate at the end of 2014, the five-term senator said Saturday.

Harkin said his decision not to seek a sixth term was based, in part, because he wanted to give a new generation of Iowa Democrats the chance to run for higher office.

“It’s just time to step aside,” Harkin, 73, told the Associated Press in an interview.

Harkin told the Des Moines Register on Saturday that he had mixed feelings about the decision.

“To walk away from this position and this power is not an easy thing,” he said. “But I think it’s the right thing. And I have two years left. I’m not passing the torch sitting down — it’s a running relay. I intend to be very active over the next two years.”

Harkin said in a statement Saturday that two primary factors drove his decision to retire: He’s served in the House and Senate for 40 years and would be 75 at the end of his current term, and he had made a promise to his wife that “we’re going to live together in a way we’ve often talked about — before it gets too late.”

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