|Address||275 Whistler Road |
Highland Park, Illinois 60035, United States
|| September 15, 1959
|Last Modifed||Homegrown Democrat|
Apr 02, 2013 11:03am
Caucasian - Moderate - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Labor - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro Free Trade - Pro School Vouchers - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Married - United Church of Christ - Disputed -
|Info||Mark Steven Kirk represented the 10th Congressional District of Illinois located in the suburbs north of Chicago, but now is senator elect. Kirk, is a member of the House Appropriations Committee serving on the Foreign Operations, Commerce, Justice, State and Legislative Branch subcommittees. |
Congressman Kirk wrote a number of provisions which became law, including, funding for commuter rail, improving veteran's health care, ensuring military voting, and boosting aviation security. Congressional Quarterly named Congressman Kirk as one of the "28 Emerging Leaders in Congress."
Kirk began his career on the staff of his predecessor, Congressman Porter. He later served in the World Bank, the State Department, the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. House International Relations Committee.
Congressman Kirk served as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer during conflicts with Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia. He served four tours at sea and three in Panama. The U.S. Navy named Kirk 'Intelligence Officer of the Year' in 1999 for his combat service in Kosovo. Kirk also served as an air crewman over Iraq as part of Operation Northern Watch.
Representative Kirk graduated from New Trier High School and attended the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico before earning a B.A. from Cornell. He holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown.
Congressman Kirk and his wife, Kimberly, live in Highland Park, Illinois.