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  1. Tom Harkin was born in Cumming, Iowa (pop. 150) on November 19, 1939, the son of an Iowa coal miner father and a Slovenian immigrant mother. To this day, he still lives in the house in Cumming where he was born. In 1968, Tom married Ruth Raduenz, the daughter of a farmer and a school teacher from Minnesota.

  2. As a young senator, Tom Harkin was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of the millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. Sen. Harkin knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his brother, Frank, who had been deaf since an early age.

  3. Dec 21, 2020 · Tom Harkin learned how to sail while stationed at Guantanamo Bay. Since he retired from the U.S. Senate, he has gone on many sailing adventures.

  4. The 1992 presidential campaign of Tom Harkin, a U.S. Senator from Iowa, began with a campaign rally on September 15, 1991. Harkin had first been elected to a national office in 1974 as a member of the House of Representatives, serving from 1975 to 1985, when he became a senator.

  5. Jul 23, 2020 · 1:10. Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin can still recall the day his older brother Frank Harkin was taken away from their family home in Cumming. Frank Harkin lost his hearing at the age of 5, Tom ...

  6. Feb 4, 2021 · By We Include February 4, 2021 Celebrity, Influencer. The true tale of a little brother who became a senator who became the driving force behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is the man responsible for the call heard around the world for disability rights. .

  7. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin cruised to re-election Tuesday, easily capturing a fifth six-year term over Republican challenger Christopher Reed. Harkin, 68, a Democrat from Cumming, was well ahead in early returns in what was expected to be the largest margin of victory in his Senate career.

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