What we need this week is for a bipartisan group of senators to step up and tell us, now the Gang of Five, we want to sit down with youDurbin pushes bipartisan deficit effort May 22, 2011
I'm happy to support Boeing's investment in America's workforce and the state of IllinoisBoeing investing in Illinois Aug 19, 2010
We have moved forward, and in the next several days it'll be one of the longest period of time that we've ever put on an important treatyDurbin: Time for a vote on START treaty Dec 19, 2010
To those who say U.S. prisons cannot safely hold high-risk terror suspects, I say look at the factsIll. lawmakers debate detainee proposal Nov 15, 2009
It's now time to bring members of Congress representing the Great Lakes states together ...Range of strategies eyed at 'carp summit' Jan 27, 2010
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.
Durbin was born in East St. Louis, Illinois to an Irish-American father, William Durbin, and a Lithuanian-born mother, Ann Kutkin (Lithuanian: Ona Kutkaitė). He graduated from Assumption High School in East St. Louis in 1962. During his high school years he worked at a meatpacking plant. He earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1966. He was an intern in the office of Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois during his senior year in college. Durbin earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969 and was admitted to the Illinois bar later that year.