Dick Durbin facts for kids
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||John Cornyn|
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Harry Reid|
|Succeeded by||Trent Lott|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1997
Serving with Mark Kirk
|Preceded by||Paul Simon|
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Mitch McConnell|
|Succeeded by||John Cornyn|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th district
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Paul Findley|
|Succeeded by||John Shimkus|
Richard Joseph Durbin
November 21, 1944
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Springfield, Illinois, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior United States Senator from Illinois and the Senate Majority 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. 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.
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.
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