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Dick Durbin

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 21, 1944(age 72)
Place of birthEast St. Louis, Illinois, United States
Birth nameRichard Joseph Durbin
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseLoretta Schaefer
ChildrenChristine (Deceased)
Alma materGeorgetown University
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1997
Serving with Mark Kirk
Preceded byPaul Simon
Senate Assistant Majority Leader
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2007
LeaderHarry Reid
Preceded byMitch McConnell
Senate Minority Whip
In officeJanuary 3, 2005 - January 3, 2007
LeaderHarry Reid
Succeeded byTrent Lott
Preceded byHarry Reid
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 20th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1983 - January 3, 1997
Succeeded byJohn Shimkus
Preceded byPaul Findley

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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.

Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, he graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. 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. As a member of the Democratic leadership, he has a record as one of the most liberal members of Congress.

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