Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced last week that he will not seek re-election in 2014, after more than 40 years in Congress. Senator Harkin has been a longtime friend to The Arc and the disability community as a whole.
Harkin currently serves as Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and as Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Through these dual roles he has had great influence on the critical health, education, employment and disability programs that support people with disabilities. He played a key role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 and has been a tireless advocate for its implementation.
The Arc deeply appreciates Senator Harkin’s strong leadership and advocacy on disability and health issues.