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.”