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Mark Kirk

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 15, 1959(age 57)
Place of birthChampaign, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
SpouseKimberly Vertolli (2001 2009) (divorced)
ResidenceHighland Park, Illinois
Alma materCornell University (B.A.)
London School of Economics
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
OccupationAttorney, Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1989 present
RankCommander
UnitU.S. Navy Reserve
Assumed officeNovember 29, 2010
Serving with Dick Durbin
Preceded byRoland Burris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 10th district
In officeJanuary 3, 2001 - November 29, 2010
Succeeded byRobert Dold
Preceded byJohn Porter

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Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, Kirk was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 10th congressional district.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, he graduated from Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1989 and was recalled to active duty for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He participated in Operation Northern Watch in Iraq the following year. He remains a member of the Navy Reserve, now holding the rank of Commander.

Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010 he won a special election to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and he began a six-year Senate term beginning in 2011.


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