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Sen. Dick Durbin (D)

Leadership: Assistant Majority Leader & Whip
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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-224-2152

Address: 711 HSOB, DC 20510

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (312) 353-4952

Address: 230 South Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 60604-1505

Springfield IL

Phone: (217) 492-4062

Fax: (217) 492-4382

Address: 525 South Eighth Street, Springfield IL 62703-1606

Carbondale IL

Phone: (618) 351-1122

Fax: (618) 351-1124

Address: 250 West Cherry Street, Carbondale IL 62901

Rock Island IL

Phone: (309) 786-5173

Fax: (309) 786-5404

Address: 1504 Third Avenue, Rock Island IL 61201

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Morris, Dena
Legislative Director
Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
Leonard, Rob
Legislative Assistant
Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
McMahon, Timothy
Legislative Correspondent
Reuschel, Trevor
Legislative Assistant
Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Lefeber, Kevin
Legislative Correspondent
Cook, Beth
Legislative Assistant
Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
Leonard, Rob
Legislative Assistant
Middleton, Brad
Legislative Assistant
Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Cook, Beth
Legislative Assistant
Tellez, Corey
Legislative Assistant
Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
Leonard, Rob
Legislative Assistant
Tellez, Corey
Legislative Assistant
Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
LaPaille, Joe
Staff Assistant
Reuschel, Trevor
Legislative Assistant
Cook, Beth
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Reuschel, Trevor
Legislative Assistant
Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Tellez, Corey
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Villanueva, Josie
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Leonard, Rob
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Morris, Dena
Legislative Director
Kierig, Anne
Director of Constituent Correspondence
Rocha, Liliana
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Middleton, Brad
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Rocha, Liliana
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Kierig, Anne
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Rocha, Liliana
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Hunt, Jasmine
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Ibrahim, Erum
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Hunt, Jasmine
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Ibrahim, Erum
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Lefeber, Kevin
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Leonard, Rob
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Ibrahim, Erum
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Cook, Beth
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Kenny, MJ
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Miller, Julian
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Tellez, Corey
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Kierig, Anne
Director of Constituent Correspondence
Rocha, Liliana
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Rocha, Liliana
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Cook, Beth
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Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
McMahon, Timothy
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Rocha, Liliana
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Homan, Chris
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Ibrahim, Erum
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Potts, Katrina
Systems Administrator; Legislative Correspondent
Naganuma, Mari
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Naganuma, Mari
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Grant, Claire
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Zogby, Joseph
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Grant, Claire
Legislative Correspondent; Intern Coordinator
Sonti, Srinu
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Wikler, Beth
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Kierig, Anne
Director of Constituent Correspondence
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
Rocha, Liliana
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Tellez, Corey
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Middleton, Brad
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Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Cook, Beth
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Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Miller, Julian
Legislative Correspondent
Tellez, Corey
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Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Cook, Beth
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Tellez, Corey
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Potts, Katrina
Systems Administrator; Legislative Correspondent
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Leonard, Rob
Legislative Assistant
Reuschel, Trevor
Legislative Assistant
Grant, Claire
Legislative Correspondent; Intern Coordinator
Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Reuschel, Trevor
Legislative Assistant
Villanueva, Josie
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Reuschel, Trevor
Legislative Assistant
Villanueva, Josie
Legislative Correspondent
Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Sonti, Srinu
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Wikler, Beth
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Sonti, Srinu
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Wikler, Beth
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Grant, Claire
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Sonti, Srinu
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Wikler, Beth
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Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Leonard, Rob
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Potts, Katrina
Systems Administrator; Legislative Correspondent
Hunt, Jasmine
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Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Lefeber, Kevin
Legislative Correspondent
Leonard, Rob
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Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Reuschel, Trevor
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Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Tellez, Corey
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Middleton, Brad
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Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Ibrahim, Erum
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Leonard, Rob
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Potts, Katrina
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Sonti, Srinu
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Wikler, Beth
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Ibrahim, Erum
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Leonard, Rob
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Sonti, Srinu
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Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Tellez, Corey
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Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Leonard, Rob
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Kierig, Anne
Director of Constituent Correspondence
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
Rocha, Liliana
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Cook, Beth
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Kenny, MJ
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Miller, Julian
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Tellez, Corey
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Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
Naganuma, Mari
Legislative Correspondent
Reuschel, Trevor
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Hunt, Jasmine
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Ibrahim, Erum
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Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Leonard, Rob
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Potts, Katrina
Systems Administrator; Legislative Correspondent
Sonti, Srinu
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Wikler, Beth
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Wikler, Beth
Legislative Assistant
Angarola, Christina
Illinois Communications Director
Bajjalieh, Cynthia
Office Manager; Senate Aide
Bales, Greg
Suburban Outreach Director
Barnett, Sam
Press Assistant
Boyer, Nick
Staff Assistant
Cook, Beth
Legislative Assistant
Daly, Michael
Illinois Chief of Staff
Ellefritz, Bart
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Grant, Claire
Legislative Correspondent; Intern Coordinator
Homan, Chris
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisor
Houlihan, Bill
Downstate Director
Hunt, Jasmine
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Ibrahim, Erum
Legislative Aide
Kenny, MJ
Deputy Floor Director
Kierig, Anne
Director of Constituent Correspondence
Kotarac, Tom
Projects Director
LaPaille, Joe
Staff Assistant
Lefeber, Kevin
Legislative Correspondent
Leonard, Rob
Legislative Assistant
Marter, Benjamin
Communications Director
McMahon, Timothy
Legislative Correspondent
Middleton, Brad
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Miller, Julian
Legislative Correspondent
Morris, Dena
Legislative Director
Mulka, Christina
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Naganuma, Mari
Legislative Correspondent
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Reuschel, Trevor
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Rocha, Liliana
Legislative Correspondent
Scates, Kappy
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Sonti, Srinu
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Tellez, Corey
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Tennial, Joseph
Suburban Outreach Coordinator
Villanueva, Josie
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Watson, Susan
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Zogby, Joseph
Judiciary Chief Counsel
Potts, Katrina
Systems Administrator; Legislative Correspondent
Homan, Chris
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Bales, Greg
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Dick Durbin Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, term expires 2014, 3rd term.
  • State: Illinois
  • Born: Nov. 21, 1944, E. St. Louis
  • Home: Springfield
  • Education:

    Georgetown U., B.S. 1966, J.D. 1969

  • Professional Career:

    Staff, Lt. Gov. Paul Simon, 1969–72; Legal cnsl., IL Sen. Judiciary Cmte., 1972–82; Prof., S. IL Schl. of Medicine, 1978–82.

  • Political Career:

    U.S. House of Reps., 1983–97.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Loretta); 3 (1 deceased) children

Dick Durbin, first elected to the House in 1982 and to the Senate in 1996, is the Democratic whip and assistant majority leader, making him the second most powerful senator after Majority Leader Harry Reid. More diplomatic and less prone to partisan outbursts than Reid, Durbin is respected among colleagues for his willingness to work hard and for his ability to articulate his party’s themes in everyday language. Read More

Dick Durbin, first elected to the House in 1982 and to the Senate in 1996, is the Democratic whip and assistant majority leader, making him the second most powerful senator after Majority Leader Harry Reid. More diplomatic and less prone to partisan outbursts than Reid, Durbin is respected among colleagues for his willingness to work hard and for his ability to articulate his party’s themes in everyday language.

Durbin grew up in East St. Louis, the youngest of three brothers. His father, a railroad night watchman, died of lung cancer when Durbin was 14. He graduated from Georgetown University and its law school, and then returned to Illinois with an ambition for politics. He joined Democrat Paul Simon’s staff when Simon was the lieutenant governor (1969-73), then was a state Senate staffer in the 1970s. Durbin lost races for the state Senate in 1976 and for lieutenant governor in 1978. But in 1982 he won the nomination to oppose Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Findley, who had characterized himself as Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s best friend in Congress. Durbin had no trouble raising money from well-heeled Israel supporters. Durbin won the race.

In the House, he got a seat on the Appropriations Committee, where in 1993, he became chairman of the Agriculture subcommittee. Durbin’s centerpiece legislation in the House was the 1988 ban on smoking on domestic airline flights, a battle inspired by the death of his chain-smoking father. He followed that up by trying to limit tobacco subsidies and to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco as a health hazard—both accomplished after years of effort. “I didn’t realize it would trigger a change in America,” he later said of the airline smoking ban, but indeed it led to smoking bans in many more settings. After his onetime boss Paul Simon announced his retirement from the Senate in 1996, Durbin ran for the seat. Raising more than $1 million, he outspent former state Treasurer (now governor) Pat Quinn in the March 1996 primary and won 65%-30%. In the general, he faced trial lawyer and abortion opponent Al Salvi and won 56%-41%.

In the Senate, Durbin has compiled a largely liberal voting record, though he supported welfare reform in the 1990s and has always supported the death penalty. While in the House, Durbin favored restrictions on abortion, but has opposed most legislation to restrict abortion since coming to the Senate. (In 2004, the Catholic priest at his home church in Springfield said that he wouldn’t give him communion as a consequence of his position.) On other domestic issues, Durbin has had a strong pro-union voting record, but split with labor on trade, supporting the North American Free Trade Agreement and normal trade relations with China—Illinois is a big exporter. But in 2006 Durbin said he felt “betrayed” by the results of NAFTA and has opposed more recent trade agreements. In 2001, Democratic Leader Tom Daschle appointed Durbin assistant floor leader. After Daschle’s defeat in 2004 and the elevation of Reid as minority leader, Durbin became minority whip, and then majority whip in 2007, after Democrats won their Senate majority.

As whip, Durbin has worked hard on the floor to advance Democratic causes and bills. He gave up a Judiciary subcommittee chairmanship to Arlen Specter when Specter switched parties in April 2009. He often appeared on cable talk shows in support of President Barack Obama’s health care reform effort, regularly accusing Republicans of misstatements and distortions, and he performed the same service in the debate over raising the federal debt limit in 2011. “He’s able to pull off the style of sounding like a moderate or compromiser when he often doesn’t act like one,” University of Illinois political scientist Brian Gaines told National Journal. During negotiations on taxes and spending aimed at averting the so-called fiscal cliff in late 2012, he exhorted Democrats to support a deal that included cuts to entitlement programs. “My liberal friends who say don’t touch it (Medicare), they’re crazy,” Durbin said at a November forum. Earlier, he served on the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission and was part of an informal group of senators that sought to reach agreement on long-term spending.

Nonetheless, there have been occasional signs of tension with his Democratic colleague Chuck Schumer of New York, who was elevated to a newly created No. 3 leadership position after his successes helping Democrats to Senate majorities in 2006 and 2008, when he ran the Senate Democrats’ election committee. In 2009 and 2010, when it seemed possible that Reid would be defeated in a tough reelection contest in Nevada, there was speculation that Durbin and Schumer—who are actually longtime Capitol Hill roommates—would both seek to succeed Reid. Widely admired for his liberal convictions, Durbin has had less contact with the Washington lobbying community than Schumer has, and while he is much more active on the Senate floor, he is seen in some quarters as more ingenuous. As one longtime Democratic staffer told Politico, “He’s a great guy. But he thinks with his heart, not his head. He’s great at communicating ideas, but not at thinking strategically.”

Durbin’s leadership position enables him to work effectively on local issues. He helped prod the Justice Department in October 2012 to help out financially strapped Illinois by buying the former state prison in Thomson, Ill., despite the objections of Virginia GOP Rep. Frank Wolf, who feared it would be used to house inmates from Guantanamo Bay. He has had a hand in securing funding for the Metra and CTA mass transit systems in the Chicago region, for Mississippi River locks and dams, and for O’Hare International Airport expansion. He has worked for ethanol tax incentives and pushed for an ethanol research pilot plant at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. On the Appropriations Committee, he keeps an eye out for Chicago’s commodities exchanges, opposing new fees on the exchanges and in 2008, working behind the scenes to soften the impact of proposed controls on speculators in the oil futures market as gas prices soared. He picked up the highly prized chairmanship of Appropriations’ defense subcommittee in January 2013.

When it comes to his home state, he’s also loyal. After former Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan was imprisoned for racketeering and fraud, Durbin, who had worked with Ryan on projects for the state, urged President George W. Bush to pardon him in 2008. And when Republican Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was sidelined by a stroke in 2012, Durbin won praise from many GOP lawmakers for keeping in close touch during Kirk’s recovery and continuing to work with his office.

In a backdrop of many clashing egos in the Senate, many senators have tense relationships with home-state colleagues, but Durbin had a warm relationship with Obama after he was elected in 2004. Rather than chafing at Obama’s quick rise and celebrity, Durbin in 2006 urged him to run for president. He endorsed Obama when he announced his candidacy in February 2007 and introduced him before his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. When Obama was elected, Durbin said, “To have a president of the United States who is a close, personal friend and has the opportunity to lead this nation and change the world is a dream come true for me in public life.” Obama has called Durbin “a terrific partner.” (Durbin did not join Obama at the Election Night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park because his 40-year-old daughter had died three days before.) Durbin again introduced him at the 2012 convention, saying, “He’s had pretty good luck when I’m on the program right before him.”

On the Judiciary Committee, Durbin strongly opposed many Bush administration judicial nominees, including John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, and strongly supported Obama administration nominees, including Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Durbin in 2007 was the chief sponsor of the DREAM Act, a bill to allow high school graduates who are illegal immigrants to go to U.S. colleges. He was unable to get a filibuster-proof majority for the bill, however, and the bill failed in December 2010. He became known for taking to the Senate floor regularly to highlight the stories of the DREAM Act-eligible children, and praised President Obama in June 2012 for issuing an executive order addressing the issue when it became clear that Congress would not act.

Durbin was the Democrats’ point man on efforts in 2003 to limit damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, and he successfully blocked action on the legislation. He also took a lead role on asbestos legislation that year. He negotiated with Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, on a bill that established quick recovery for injured plaintiffs and reduced the burden on businesses only tangentially connected with asbestos. But the two failed to produce a compromise bill. In 2006, he helped defeat the asbestos trust fund sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter, which would have replaced a multitude of lawsuits against the asbestos industry with a $140 billion trust fund to compensate victims. Durbin strongly opposed taking the matter out of the courts, although he conceded the need for “significant changes in the existing tort system.”

As the housing crisis deepened in 2008 and 2009, Durbin pushed for his “cram-down” bill allowing bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of distressed mortgages on primary residences in bankruptcy cases. The Senate voted 51-45 to defeat the bill, with 12 Democrats joining all the Republicans—the first big loss by Democrats in the 111th Congress. When the Senate was considering the financial regulation bill in May 2010, Durbin worked with his colleagues on a successful amendment giving the Federal Reserve authority to reduce the fees banks charge merchants for processing debit card transactions over the strong objections of the banking industry. Banks warned that Durbin’s amendment would end free checking and that consumer prices would rise, but no such effects occurred. To protect consumers from paying hidden fees, he later called on banks to publish a one-page listing of the fees and terms of their checking accounts.

Durbin voted against the Gulf War resolution in 1991 and the Iraq war resolution in 2002. In 2005, Durbin was at the center of a storm over remarks he made from the Senate floor concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Citing an FBI report that described the mistreatment of some prisoners, Durbin likened the American interrogators to “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime—Pol Pot or others—that had no concern for human beings.” His comments dominated the news for days. Durbin at first said he regretted the misunderstanding of his remarks, but after then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley criticized them, he issued an emotional apology from the floor.

Durbin was mentioned briefly in 2000 as a possible vice presidential nominee, but he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration. In his 2008 reelection campaign, Durbin was opposed by physician Steven Sauerberg, who loaned his campaign $1.7 million and spent only $1 million, while Durbin spent $13 million. Sauerberg criticized Durbin for his 2005 “Nazis” statement, but the issue proved to have little traction. Durbin won 68%-29%.

Durbin underwent surgery in 2010 for the removal of a small gastrointestinal stromal tumor from his stomach, which later was found to be benign. He subsequently dropped 20 pounds after reading a book on how to overcome the effects of aging. The Chicago Sun-Times reported in June 2012 that he told colleagues he was considering retiring in 2014, when he turns 70. But he said in March 2013 that he would seek another term—a development that relieved Democrats who had seen four other veteran senators from their party announce their departures.

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Dick Durbin Election Results
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2008 General
Dick Durbin (D)
Votes: 3,615,844
Percent: 67.84%
Spent: $11,317,550
Steve Sauerberg
Votes: 1,520,621
Percent: 28.53%
Spent: $1,117,161
Kathy Cummings
Votes: 119,135
Percent: 2.24%
2008 Primary
Dick Durbin (D)
Votes: 1,653,833
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2002 (60%); 1996 (56%); House: 1994 (55%); 1992 (57%); 1990 (66%); 1988 (69%); 1986 (68%); 1984 (61%); 1982 (50%)
Dick Durbin Votes and Bills
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Economic 72 (L) : 27 (C) 92 (L) : 5 (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Social 73 (L) : - (C) 64 (L) : - (C) 52 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 71 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 87 (L) : 8 (C)
Composite 81.5 (L) : 18.5 (C) 89.3 (L) : 10.7 (C) 86.5 (L) : 13.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

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LCV91100
CFG510
ITIC-88
NTU910
20112012
COC45-
ACLU-75
ACU00
ADA9595
AFSCME100-
Key Senate Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Block faith exemptions
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Approve gas pipeline
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Approve farm bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Let cyber bill proceed
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Block Gitmo transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass balanced budget amendment
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Stop EPA climate regulations
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Proceed to Cordray vote
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Require talking filibuster
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Limit Fannie/Freddie
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Ratify New START
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Confirm Elena Kagan
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop EPA climate regs
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Block release of TARP funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $787 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Repeal DC gun laws
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar budget rules for climate bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass 2010 budget resolution
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let judges adjust mortgages
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Allow FDA to regulate tobacco
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Protect gays from hate crimes
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Cut F-22 funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Label North Korea terrorist state
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Build Guantanamo replacement
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Allow federal funds for abortion
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Cap greenhouse gases
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase missile defense $
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Make English official language
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Path to citizenship
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Fetus is unborn child
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Prosecute hate crimes
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 3/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Iran guard is terrorist group
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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Carter, Mallory
Deputy Scheduler; Executive Assistant
Dodin, Reema
Floor Director
Kenny, MJ
Floor Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
Marter, Benjamin
Communications Director
McElwain, Maria
Press Secretary; New Media Manager
McMahon, Timothy
Legislative Correspondent
Mulka, Christina
Deputy Communications Director
Naganuma, Mari
Legislative Correspondent
Reuschel, Claire
Director of Scheduling; Executive Assistant
Marter, Benjamin
Communications Director
Mulka, Christina
Deputy Communications Director
Dodin, Reema
Floor Director
Reuschel, Claire
Director of Scheduling; Executive Assistant
Carter, Mallory
Deputy Scheduler; Executive Assistant
Reuschel, Claire
Director of Scheduling; Executive Assistant
Kenny, MJ
Floor Assistant; Legislative Correspondent
McMahon, Timothy
Legislative Correspondent
Naganuma, Mari
Legislative Correspondent
McElwain, Maria
Press Secretary; New Media Manager
McElwain, Maria
Press Secretary; New Media Manager
Carter, Mallory
Deputy Scheduler; Executive Assistant
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