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Dick Durbin's Biography


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525 South Eighth Street
Springfield, IL 62703

250 West Cherry Street
Suite 115-D
Carbondale, IL 62901

1504 Third Avenue
Suite 227
Rock Island, IL 61201

230 South Dearborn Street
Suite 3892
Chicago, IL 60604

711 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510

Full Name:

Richard 'Dick' J. Durbin




Wife: Loretta; 3 Children: Christine (deceased), Paul, Jennifer

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

East Saint Louis, IL

Home City:

Springfield, IL


Roman Catholic

JD, Georgetown University, 1969

BS, Foreign Services/Economics, Georgetown University, 1966

Majority Whip, United States Senate, 2021-present

Senator, United States Senate, Illinois, 1997-present

Minority Whip, United States Senate, 2017-2021

Candidate, United States Senate, Illinois, 2020

Assistant Minority Leader/Minority Whip, United States Senate, 2015-2017

Assistant Majority Leader/Majority Whip, United States Senate, 2006-2015

Assistant Minority Leader, United States Senate, 2005-2006

Assistant Floor Leader, United States Senate, 2001

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Illinois, 1983-1996

Co-Chair, Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Former Member, Committee on Rules and Administration, United States Senate

Member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus

Member, Congressional Internet Caucus

Member, Congressional Soybean Caucus

Member, Congressional Wine Caucus

Former Member, Joint Committee on the Library, United States Senate

Founding Member, Senate Global Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Caucus

Co-Chair, Senate Hunger Caucus

Member, Senate National Guard Caucus

Co-Chair, Senate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education Caucus

Member, Senate Steel Caucus

Former Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Defense, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, United States Senate

Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1978-1983

Legal Counsel, Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, 1972-1982

Legal Counsel, Illinois Lieutenant Governor, 1969-1973

Intern, United States Senator Paul Douglas, 1966

Co-Chair, Atlantic Conference

Co-Chair, Democratic Platform Committee, 2000

Chair, Illinois State Delegation, Democratic National Convention, 1996

Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1984, 1988, 1992

Member, Illinois Bar Association, 1969

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Friend of Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau, 2000

Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, American Medical Association, 2001

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Lung Association

Names of Grandchildren:

Alex, Ona, Floyd

Number of Grandchildren: