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Three cheers for pension reform

The US has a proud tradition of social welfare, but its current offer is showing its age, says Senator Tom Harkin

Three cheers for pension reform

The US has a proud tradition of social welfare, but its current offer is showing its age, says Senator Tom Harkin

US Senator Tom Harkin

Senator for Iowa since 1985, Tom Harkin is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senator Harkin (D) has long been a leader on issues related to retirement security and spearheaded efforts to ensure that both employers and employees understand the fees they are being charged in defined contribution retirement plans.

He also fought to protect older workers from age-discriminatory pension benefit changes. Due to retire in 2015 after five terms in office, he ran for presidential candidate in 1992 and spent 10 years in the House of Representatives as the first Iowan Democrat in Congress since the end of the Great Depression. A graduate of Iowa State and the Catholic University.

Harkin was a naval pilot in active duty between 1962 and 1967. A father of two and grandfather to three, he lives with his wife Ruth in Cumming, Iowa,in the house in which he was born.

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