Vote 2014: Rep. Braley May Run for Harkin's Senate Seat

First Congressional District Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, center, with his wife Carolyn, left, speaks to a large group of supporters following his win over Ben Lange at the Black Hawk County Democrat election party at the UAW hall Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Bruce Braley says he is considering running for Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

Harkin announced Saturday that he won't run for a sixth term in the Senate, which the Democrat was elected to in 1984.

Braley says he has heard from Iowans all over the state since Harkin's announcement. Braley says he's overwhelmed with the encouragement to run.

Braley is a 55-year-old Waterloo attorney who was first elected to represent northeast Iowa in 2006.

Braley says he will carefully consider running for the Senate. He says the state deserves a senator who will continue standing up for Iowans who don't have a voice just as Harkin did.

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