Sen. Thomas “Tom” Harkin

Former Senator from Iowa, Democrat

Harkin, a Democrat, was a senator from Iowa from 1985 to 2014.

He was previously the representative for Iowa's 5th congressional district (1975-1984).



Our unique analysis of the bills Harkin sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2014. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Harkin is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2014 Statistics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Harkin for more statistics.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Harkin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (24%) Education (24%) Labor and Employment (17%) Taxation (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Agriculture and Food (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Harkin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2014, Harkin missed 401 of 10,103 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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