Leach clears first hurdle

President Obama has nominated former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. The US Senate must vote to confirm Leach for the job.  Leach cleared his first confirmation hurdle this morning.  Read the news release from Senator Tom Harkin's office below.

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today congratulated former Congressman Jim Leach (R-IA) on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s approval of his nomination as Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The HELP Committee approved his nomination this morning, and it now moves to the full Senate for confirmation.

“I was so pleased to vote for former Congressman Leach to fill this role,” Senator Harkin, senior member of the HELP Committee, said today.  “He is a public servant of this first order, and I’m appreciative that Iowa and our nation will continue to benefit from his leadership.  I urge the Senate to confirm him without delay.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  To learn more about the NEH, click here: http://www.neh.gov/

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. Q. How do you get a RINO out of Iowa?
    A. Get Harkin to give him a job.