John Deeth Blog: Harkin the Senior Junior Senator
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
I can't add anything eloquent to the eulogies of Ted Kennedy. So I'll
fall back on trivia. After 23 years John Kerry is the senior senator
from Massachusetts. That makes Iowa's Tom Harkin, sworn in one day
after Kerry, the junior senator with the highest seniority. Or the
senior junior senator. At least until Grassley has to run next year.
Technically, it's a tie, as Jay Rockefeller was sworn in the same day
as Harkin. But Harkin's ex-House status outranks Rockefeller's
ex-governor status. (Correction: Rockefeller got sworn in two weeks
late in 1985, choosing to complete his term as governor. Either way
Harkin's ahead.) ... It's a far cry from Iowa's revolving door senator
days of the 1970s, when retirements (Hickenlooper, Hughes) and defeats
(Miller, Clark, Culver, Jepsen) saw no Iowa senator re-elected from
1966 to 1986.