Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a long-time advocate for individuals with disabilities, announced last month he will not seek re-election in 2014. Harkin, who chairs Senate committees on education policy and funding, helped craft the Americans with Disabilities Act and pushed each year for full funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. "Everyone in the community knew that this was coming at some point but it's still been like a shock wave," Lindsay Jones, senior director of policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children, said. "A world without Sen. Harkin is hard to imagine."

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