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  Durbin, Dick
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  1995-01-01  
 
NameDick Durbin
Address1525 S. Bates Ave.
Springfield, Illinois 62704, United States
Emaildick@durbin.senate.gov
Websitehttp://durbin.senate.gov
 Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/dickdurbin
Born November 21, 1944
Died Still Living (69 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifiedAndy
Aug 08, 2012 04:53pm
Tags Caucasian - Very Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Missile Defense - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Protectionist - Married - Catholic - Straight -
InfoRichard Joseph "Dick" Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin was elected by his fellow Democratic Senators in December 2004 to the Senate's second highest ranking Democratic leadership post. Durbin's election as Assistant Minority Leader, also known as Democratic Whip, will mark only the fifth time in history that an Illinois senator has served as a Senate leader.

Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois and the first Illinois senator to serve on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in more than a quarter of a century. He is the state’s senior senator and convenor of the bipartisan Illinois delegation.

Elected to the U.S. Senate on November 5, 1996 and re-elected in 2002, Durbin fills the seat left vacant by the retirement of his long-time friend and mentor, U.S. Senator Paul Simon.

In 2001, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) appointed Durbin to the Senate’s leadership team, Assistant Democratic Floor Leader. In 2000, Durbin served as Co-Chairman of the Democratic Platform Committee and also was Co-Chairman of the Atlantic Conference sponsored by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. He is a founding member of the Senate Global AIDS Caucus.

Improving Health Care: The House author of landmark legislation to ban smoking on commercial airline flights, Durbin has worked in the Senate to protect children from the harm caused by tobacco. For his work, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Lung Association.

Among his other health achievements, Durbin has worked successfully for increased federal funding to prevent childhood asthma, increase immunizations and expand medical research. He has successfully fought to increase the share of federal funding dedicated to combating AIDS worldwide. He has also been a leader in promoting organ and tissue donation. In the spring of 2004, Durbin put forth a plan to give small businesses affordable choices among private health insurance plans and expand access to coverage for their employees.

In 1999, Durbin was honored as the American Public Health Association’s “Legislator of the Year,” and in 2001 he received the American Medical Association's Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.

Protecting Consumers: Consumer protection is high on Durbin’s list of priorities. Continuing an effort spurred by a meeting with the mother of a Chicago six-year-old who died after eating contaminated hamburger, Durbin led the effort to modernize the fragmented federal food safety system under a single food-safety agency.

Durbin also led the effort to ban ephedra, a dangerous product sold as a nutritional supplement and has introduced legislation to require manufacturers of other dietary supplements to ensure their products are safe before they are sold. He secured $2.8 million for the implementation of new safety standards to protect patients from injuries related to re-use of medical devices that are intended to be used only once.

Leading Gun Safety Efforts: Durbin has worked for gun safety legislation to keep guns out of the hands of children. He introduced bipartisan legislation to hold adults responsible if they fail to lock up their firearms and the weapons are subsequently taken by a child and used to kill or injure another person.

He also teamed up with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and local law enforcement agencies to launch an initiative to help Illinois become the first state to voluntarily trace every crime gun recovered from a crime scene. It was the first comprehensive statewide effort in Illinois to encourage all local law enforcement agencies to work with the ATF to better use crime-gun tracing information to reduce gun trafficking and other criminal endeavors.

Fighting for Farmers: Durbin has been a champion of Illinois farmers and has worked to promote ethanol use. In 1998, he secured passage of a provision extending the ethanol tax incentive to 2007. In 2000, he worked with other members of the Illinois delegation for funding for the construction of an ethanol research pilot plant near the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville campus, a project he has promoted since the early 1990s. The full deductibility of health insurance costs for the self-employed – including farmers – has been a career-long battle for Durbin, ending in a victory in 2003.
Farm organizations across the state have recognized his consistent leadership and the Illinois Farm Bureau awarded him its “Friend of Agriculture” Award in 2000.

Working for a Fair Tax Code: Durbin’s tax cut agenda includes tax credits for small businesses buying health insurance for their low-income workers, estate tax relief for family-owned small businesses and farms, tax incentives to promote charitable giving, and tax credits for long-term care insurance, child care and college tuition.

Senator Durbin is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. They have three children and one grandchild.The Durbins reside in Springfield.


JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
10/14/2010-10/16/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 47.00% ( 1.0) 45.00% ( 2.0) 8.00% ( 3.0)
09/23/2010-09/26/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 46.00% ( 4.0) 43.00% ( 5.0) 11.00% ( 2.0)
08/14/2010-08/15/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 50.00% ( 1.0) 38.00% ( 2.0) 13.00% ( 2.0)
06/12/2010-06/13/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 49.00% ( 4.0) 36.00% ( 2.0) 15.00% ( 6.0)
04/01/2010-04/05/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 45.00% ( 2.0) 34.00% ( 5.0) 21.00% ( 7.0)
01/22/2010-01/25/2010 Public Policy Polling (D) 47.00% ( 0.0) 39.00% ( 0.0) 14.00% ( 0.0)
09/09/2009-10/08/2009 Survey Research Center 59.00% ( 0.0) 33.70% ( 0.0) 7.30% ( 0.0)
08/09/2008-08/12/2008 Rasmussen Reports 59.00% ( 0.0) 29.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 0.0)
10/15/2007-10/18/2007 Wesleyan Univ. 54.00% ( 0.0) 22.00% ( 0.0) 24.00% ( 0.0)
05/15/2007-06/18/2007 Glengariff Group 60.00% ( 0.0) 23.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Oct 24, 2013 06:25am Statement Durbin stands by slam on GOP   Article Imperator 
Jul 08, 2013 04:00pm News Durbin calls on Republicans to 'change and improve' Obamacare  Article Scott³ 
Aug 12, 2010 01:00pm General Durbin has cancerous tumor removed from stomach  Article RP 
Mar 08, 2010 03:00pm Profile Dick Durbin's hardball game  Article WesternDem 
Jun 24, 2009 08:30pm Press Release Durbin, Leahy and Feingold Introduce Legislation Making Crimes Against Humanity a Violation of US Law  Article Craverguy 
Jun 16, 2009 07:00am General Durbin cashed out during big stock collapse   Article kal 

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  11/04/2014 US Senate Majority Leader ???
  11/04/2014 IL US Senate ???
  03/18/2014 IL US Senate - D Primary Won 100.00% (+99.99%)
  11/06/2012 US Senate Assistant Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Appropriations Committee Seat 6 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/18/2010 US Senate Assistant Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/18/2008 US Senate Assistant Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2008 IL US Senate Won 67.82% (+39.27%)
  02/05/2008 IL US Senate-D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/14/2006 US Senate Assistant Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2004 Minority Whip Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 IL US Senate Won 60.33% (+22.31%)
  03/19/2002 IL US Senate - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1996 IL US Senate Won 56.09% (+15.41%)
  03/16/1996 IL US Senate - D Primary Won 64.87% (+35.36%)
  11/08/1994 IL District 20 Won 54.84% (+9.68%)
  11/03/1992 IL District 20 Won 56.50% (+13.01%)
  11/06/1990 IL District 20 Won 66.20% (+32.40%)
  11/08/1988 IL District 20 Won 68.87% (+37.75%)
  11/04/1986 IL District 20 Won 68.10% (+36.19%)
  11/06/1984 IL District 20 Won 61.27% (+22.53%)
  03/20/1984 IL District 20- D Primary Won 92.47% (+84.94%)
  11/02/1982 IL District 20 Won 50.35% (+0.70%)
  03/16/1982 IL District 20-D Primary Won 75.33% (+50.66%)
  11/07/1978 IL Lt. Governor Lost 40.10% (-18.94%)
  03/21/1978 IL Lt. Governor- D primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/1976 IL State Senate 50 Lost 49.14% (-1.72%)
ENDORSEMENTS
US Secretary of the Interior - Apr 10, 2013 D Sally Jewell
C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013 N John Brennan
IL District 08 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Tammy Duckworth
IL - District 17- D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Cheri Bustos
IL - District 11 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Bill Foster
IL - District 13 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Matthew J. "Matt" Goetten
Springfield, IL Mayor - Apr 05, 2011 N Sheila Stocks-Smith
US Senate Majority Leader - Nov 18, 2010 D Harry Reid
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 05, 2010 D Elena Kagan
IL State House 071-D Primary - Feb 02, 2010 D Porter McNeil
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
IL District 10 - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Dan Seals
IL US President - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Barack Obama
IL District 14 - Special Election - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Bill Foster
IL District 14 - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Bill Foster
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 D Barack Obama
Carbondale, IL Mayor - Apr 17, 2007 D Sheila Simon
VA US Senate - D Primary - Jun 13, 2006 D Jim Webb
IL District 06 - D Primary - Mar 21, 2006 D Tammy Duckworth
Cook County Board President- D Primary - Mar 21, 2006 D John Stroger
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005 NPA Reject
Moline City Mayor - Apr 05, 2005 D Pat O'Brien
DNC Party Chair - Feb 12, 2005 D Tom Vilsack
US Secretary of the Interior - Jan 30, 2001 NPA Reject
Second Circuit Court Judge - Oct 02, 1998 I Sonia Sotomayor
IL Governor - D Primary - Mar 17, 1998 D Glenn Poshard
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