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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) surprised his colleagues last Saturday when he announced he won’t seek re-election when his current term, his fifth, ends in 2015. Harkin has chaired the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions since Sept. 2009, after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), and has been a member of both the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and the appropriations FDA-USDA subcommittee.


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