Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sen. Harkin Appointed Chair of Senate HELP Committee

Congratulations to Senator Tom Harkin who has been appointed chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee in the US Senate. He is filling the vacancy resulting from the recent passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, who chaired the committee for many years.

Senator Harkin, of Iowa, has been a passionate, dedicated advocate for many years on cancer and health care-related issues. He has experienced the loss of his own sister and niece to breast cancer and has vowed to do everything in his power to help end the disease. One of his most significant accomplishments was helping create and establish the Dept. of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, which has provided over $2 billion for innovative breast cancer research in the US.

Those who have attended National Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual Advocacy Conference & Lobby Day have likely met Sen. Harkin. He has received numerous awards from NBCC for his work and loves to visit with advocates and encourage their work. His fiery, passionate speeches at NBCC's Lobby Day reception are the highlight of everyone's trip, leaving everyone to wipe away a few tears as they shout and cheer.

Congratulations, Senator Harkin!

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