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Favorable or Unfavorable #382: Tom Harkin


Favorable or Unfavorable #382: Tom Harkin  

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Tom Harkin (IA-D) was considered extremely influential during his time because his state had the first primary of the presidential election season. As such, his endorsement was valued over all other Senators for Democrats. 

My chief memory of him as Senator is during the 2004 election. Howard Dean mentions his name at the beginning of the "Dean Scream" speech. 

His actions:

Harkin, Tom 1990 Authors Americans w/ Disabilities Act
Harkin, Tom 1992 Dem pres cand, and early frontrunner
Harkin, Tom 1992 Considered for VP by Clinton
Harkin, Tom 2000 Considered for VP by Gore
Harkin, Tom 2004 Considered for VP by Kerry
Harkin, Tom 2006 Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act
Harkin, Tom 2006 One of only 3 US Sen voting to censure Bush
Harkin, Tom 2008 Considered for VP by Obama
Harkin, Tom 2009 Influential Senate Health Committee Chair. Serves as Obamacare is passed and unrolled
Harkin, Tom 2011 Introduces Budget Control Act
Harkin, Tom 2013 Introduces bill to raise min wage to $10.10 an hour
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