Consider Women for Harkin's Seat

January  30, 2013

     Now that Iowa US Senator Tom Harkin has decided to retire, shouldn't a woman be considered for his seat ? That's the question being posed by the group "50-50 in 20-20" - its goal is to have women elected to at least half of the state's seats in Congress and the state legislature, and a woman governor of Iowa, by the year 20-20.

     Retired state senator, Maggie Tinsman, from Bettendorf is co-chair. And she wants to know why all of the speculation about possible candidates in recent days has not included any women. Her list of eligible women has 5 republicans and 5 democrats, including current and former members of the Iowa legislature, current and former lieutenant governors, and some past candidates for statewide office.

     Tinsman says Iowa and Mississippi are the only two states that've never sent a woman to Congress or elected a woman governor. The primary for Harkin's senate seat won't be held for more than a year, but Tinsman says now is the time for prospective candidates to begin lining up support, and raising money.