Tom Harkin

American politician, attorney and author and former United States Senator (1985 to 2015), Harkin Institute at Drake University

Tom HarkinTom Harkin served in Iowa's Fifth Congressional District from 1974 to 1984. Harkin then challenged an incumbent senator and won. Iowans returned him to the Senate in 1990, 1996, 2002, and again in November 2008 - when he made history by becoming the first Iowa Democrat to win a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. He retired from the United States Senate in January 2015. His signature legislative achievement is The Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires buildings and transportation to be wheelchair accessible, and asks workplaces to provide accommodations for people with disabilities. In 2015, Senator Harkin was the recipient of the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. He was born in Cumming, Iowa in 1939 and still lives in the house where he was born. He is married to Ruth Raduenz, and together they have two daughtera, Amy and Jenny, and three grandchildren.