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|Senate Majority Whip|
January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||John Thune|
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Mitch McConnell|
|Succeeded by||John Cornyn|
|Senate Minority Whip|
January 3, 2015 – January 20, 2021
|Preceded by||John Cornyn|
|Succeeded by||John Thune|
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Harry Reid|
|Succeeded by||Trent Lott|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1997
Serving with Tammy Duckworth
|Preceded by||Paul Simon|
|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.
Loretta Schaefer (m. 1967)
|Residence||Springfield, Illinois, U.S.|
|Education||Georgetown University (BS, JD)|
Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior United States Senator from Illinois. He is also 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, their 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 points. He became the Senate Democratic Whip in 2005. From January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2015, he was the Senate Majority Whip because his party had the majority.
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