Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) recently announced he will not seek a sixth term in 2014.
As chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) and chair of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds health related measures, Senator Harkin has been a powerful ally to the supplement industry. He was co-author of the landmark Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.
The 73-year-old cited his age as a factor in the decision, saying in a statement that it was time to pass the torch. “After 40 years, I just feel it’s somebody else’s turn. I can’t put into words what an honor it is to serve Iowa. And I don’t by any means plan to retire completely from public life at the end of this Congress. But I am going to make way for someone new in this Senate seat. I think that is right not just for me, but for Iowa, as well.”
Over the next two years Sen. Harkin pledged he will continue to advance a policy agenda that includes “Ensuring the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”