Three U.S. Senators Announce Plans to Retire

By: Gina Luke, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division

U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and John D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV (D-W.V.) announced in January their plans to retire from Congress.

After nearly 40 years in Congress, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, announced on Jan. 26 that he plans to retire next year. Sen. Harkin has been recognized for many accomplishments during his service, including his efforts to enact the 2002 and 2007 farm bills and his work on doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

Sen. Chambliss has served in Congress since 1994, when he first joined the U.S. House of Representatives. He later began serving in the U.S. Senate in 2002. During his tenure in the Senate, Sen. Chambliss has worked as part of the “Gang of Six,” a bipartisan effort to reach a budget compromise that would involve increasing taxes and cutting spending. Among his other accomplishments is his contribution in authoring four farm bills and 18 defense authorization bills.

Sen. Rockefeller has served in the U.S. Senate since 1984. Currently he chairs the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Health Care Subcommittee on Finance.

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