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Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)

Assistant Minority Leader

Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Ill. Senate, 1976; Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, 1978; U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-97; U.S. Senate, 1997-present
Born: Nov. 21, 1944; East St. Louis, Ill.
Residence: Springfield
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Loretta Durbin; three children (one deceased)
Education: Georgetown U., B.S.F.S. 1966; Georgetown U., J.D. 1969
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (4th term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Defense - Ranking Member; Energy-Water; Financial Services; Labor-HHS-Education; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Judiciary (Constitution - Ranking Member; Immigration and the National Interest; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts); Rules & Administration

Election History
2014generalRichard Durbin (D) 1,929,63753.5
Jim Oberweis (R) 1,538,52242.7
Sharon Hansen (LIBERT) 135,3163.8
2008generalRichard Durbin (D) 3,615,84467.8
Steve Sauerberg (R) 1,520,62128.5
Kathy Cummings (GREEN) 119,1352.2
Larry Stafford (LIBERT) 50,2240.9
Chad Koppie (CNSTP) 24,0590.5
2002generalRichard Durbin (D) 2,103,76660.3
Jim Durkin (R) 1,325,70338.0
Steven Burgauer (LIBERT) 57,3821.7
1996generalRichard Durbin (D) 2,384,02856.1
Al Salvi (R) 1,728,82440.7
Steven Perry (REF) 61,0231.4
Robin Miller (LIBERT) 41,2181.0
Chad Koppie (USTAX) 17,5630.4
James Davis (NL) 13,8380.3
Steve Dahl () 4,2220.1
Robert Rudner () 60.0
1994generalRichard Durbin (D) 108,03454.8
Bill Owens (R) 88,96445.2
1992generalRichard Durbin (D) 154,86956.5
John Shimkus (R) 119,21943.5
1990generalRichard Durbin (D) 130,11466.2
Paul Jurgens (R) 66,43333.8
1988generalRichard Durbin (D) 153,34168.9
Paul Jurgens (R) 69,30331.1
1986generalRichard Durbin (D) 126,55668.1
Kevin McCarthy (R) 59,29131.9
1984generalRichard Durbin (D) 145,09261.3
Richard Austin (R) 91,72838.7
1982generalRichard Durbin (D) 100,75850.4
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