Leading Senate liberal Harkin of Iowa to retire

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) speaks to reporters after a vote on Capitol Hill in WashingtonDES MOINES (Reuters) – Senator Tom Harkin, a veteran Iowa Democrat and one of the most liberal senators, said on Saturday he will not seek re-election in 2014, putting at risk what was considered a safe Democratic seat. Harkin, 73, who has focused much of his nearly 40-year congressional career on farm policy, education and expanding rights for people with disabilities, is the third senator facing re-election next year who has announced his retirement, following Democrat Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. "It's somebody else's turn. …

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