Tommy “The Commie” Harkin is one of the most liberal members of the Senate. He is retiring.
Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin told the Associated Press on Saturday that he will not seek a sixth term in the chamber.
“It’s just time to step aside,” Harkin said.
Harkin, who is 73 years old, serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as well as the Appropriations subcommittee that handles the budgets for many of the same agencies. He passed up a chance to become chairman of the full Appropriations Committee after the death of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, late last year.
When he made that decision, the self-described liberal told CQ Roll Call that he did not feel the need to impress anyone anymore.