Dick Durbin

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Dick Durbin
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Senate Minority Whip
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Leader Harry Reid
Chuck Schumer
Preceded by John Cornyn
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Harry Reid
Succeeded by Trent Lott
United States Senator
from Illinois
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Serving with Tammy Duckworth
Preceded by Paul Simon
Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Mitch McConnell
Succeeded by John Cornyn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Paul Findley
Succeeded by John Shimkus
Personal details
Born Richard Joseph Durbin
(1944-11-21) November 21, 1944 (age 73)
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Loretta Schaefer
Children Christine (Deceased)
Residence Springfield, Illinois, U.S. [1]
Alma mater Georgetown University
Religion Roman Catholicism[source?]
Website Senate website

Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior United States Senator from Illinois and the Senate Minority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate.

Durbin was born on November 21, 1944 in East St. Louis, Illinois.[2] He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. Durbin is married to Loretta Schaefer. They had three children. In 2008, her daughter died from heart problems.[3]

Working in state legal counsel throughout the 1970s, he made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1978. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, representing the Springfield-based 20th congressional district.

In 1996 he won election to the U.S. Senate by an unexpected 15-point margin. He has served as Senate Democratic Whip since 2005, and assumed his current title when the Democratic Party obtained a majority in 2007.

Durbin is the only the fifth United States senator from Illinois to serve the position of United States Senate Minority Whip.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "About Dick Durbin". Dick Durbin United States Senator Illinois. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. "Senator Dick Durbin - Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 1944-11-21. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  3. "Daughter of Illinois Sen. Durbin dies at 40 -- chicagotribune.com". www.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. "Dick Durbin info". Durbin.senate.gov. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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