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Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)

  • District: Junior Senator from Iowa
  • Residence: Cumming
  • Born: November 19, 1939; Cumming, Iowa
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Ruth Harkin; two children
  • Education: Iowa State U., B.S. 1962 (government & economics); Catholic U. of America, J.D. 1972
  • Military Service: Navy 1962-67; Naval Reserve 1968-74
  • Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1972; U.S. House, 1975-85; sought Democratic nomination for president, 1992; U.S. Senate, 1985-present
  • Elected: Elected: 1984 (5th term)
  • Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Commodities & Markets; Conservation, Forestry & Natural Resources; Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food & Agricultural Research); Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Energy-Water; Labor-HHS-Education - Chairman; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions - Chairman
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State Information: Iowa

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2008 general (U.S. senator) Tom Harkin (D) 941,665 62.7%
Christopher Reed (R) 560,006 37.3%
write-ins (Write-In) 1,247 0.1%
2002 general (U.S. senator) Tom Harkin (D) 554,278 54.2%
Greg Ganske (R) 447,892 43.8%
Timothy Harthan (GREEN) 11,340 1.1%
Richard Moore (LIBERT) 8,864 0.9%
write-ins (Write-In) 701 0.1%
1996 general (U.S. senator) Tom Harkin (D) 634,166 51.8%
Jim Ross Lightfoot (R) 571,807 46.7%
Sue Atkinson (I) 9,768 0.8%
Fred Gratzon (NL) 4,248 0.3%
Joe Sulentic (I) 1,941 0.2%
Shirley E. Pena (SW) 1,844 0.2%
write-ins (Write-In) 280 0%
1990 general (U.S. senator) Tom Harkin (D) 535,975 54%
Tom Tauke (R) 446,869 45%
1984 general (U.S. senator) Tom Harkin (D) 716,883 56%
Roger W. Jepsen (R) 564,381 44%
1982 general (IA-05 representative) Tom Harkin (D) 93,333 58.9%
Arlyn E. Danker (R) 65,200 41.1%
1980 general (IA-05 representative) Tom Harkin (D) 127,895 60.2%
Cal Hultman (R) 84,472 39.8%
1978 general (IA-05 representative) Tom Harkin (D) 82,333 58.9%
Julian Garrett (R) 57,377 41.1%
1976 general (IA-05 representative) Tom Harkin (D) 135,600 64.9%
Kenneth Fulk (R) 71,377 34.1%
1974 general (IA-05 representative) Tom Harkin (D) 81,146 51.1%
William Scherle (R) 77,683 48.9%
1972 general (IA-05 representative) William Scherle (R) 108,596 55.3%
Tom Harkin (D) 87,937 44.7%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 53.93% John McCain: 44.39%
2012 : 51.99% : 46.18%
2004 John Kerry: 49% George W. Bush: 50%
2000 Al Gore: 49% George W. Bush: 48%
1996 Bill Clinton: 50% Robert Dole: 40%
1992 Bill Clinton: 43% George H. W. Bush: 37%
1988 Michael Dukakis: 55% George H. W. Bush: 44%
1984 Walter F. Mondale: 46% :

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