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.
â€œTo walk away from this position and this power is not an easy thing,â€ he said. â€œBut I think itâ€™s the right thing. And I have two years left. Iâ€™m not passing the torch sitting down â€” itâ€™s a running relay. I intend to be very active over the next two years.â€
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 “weâ€™re going to live together in a way weâ€™ve often talked about â€” before it gets too late.”
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.