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  Durbin, Dick
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NameDick Durbin
Address1525 S. Bates Ave.
Springfield, Illinois 62704, United States
Emaildick@durbin.senate.gov
Websitehttp://durbin.senate.gov
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Born November 21, 1944 (76 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 26, 2020 11:34pm
Tags Caucasian - 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
01/01/2017-03/31/2017 Morning Consult 50.00% ( 0.0) 34.00% ( 0.0) 16.00% ( 0.0)
08/25/2014-08/27/2014 Harper Polling 39.00% ( 0.0) 45.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 0.0)
10/14/2010-10/16/2010 Public Policy Polling 47.00% ( 1.0) 45.00% ( 2.0) 8.00% ( 3.0)
09/23/2010-09/26/2010 Public Policy Polling 46.00% ( 4.0) 43.00% ( 5.0) 11.00% ( 2.0)
08/14/2010-08/15/2010 Public Policy Polling 50.00% ( 1.0) 38.00% ( 2.0) 13.00% ( 2.0)
06/12/2010-06/13/2010 Public Policy Polling 49.00% ( 4.0) 36.00% ( 2.0) 15.00% ( 6.0)
04/01/2010-04/05/2010 Public Policy Polling 45.00% ( 2.0) 34.00% ( 5.0) 21.00% ( 7.0)
01/22/2010-01/25/2010 Public Policy Polling 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)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
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 
Feb 24, 2009 03:50pm News Durbin urges unbending Burris to resign  Article COSDem 
Nov 30, 2008 04:00pm News Sen. Durbin is working through his grief  Article COSDem 
Nov 01, 2008 05:10pm Obituary Daughter of Illinois Sen. Durbin dies at 40  Article RP 
Dec 02, 2007 09:10pm Profile Dick Durbin's challenge  Article COSDem 
Mar 13, 2007 10:00pm Idiocy Dick Durbin Murders Rat in Cold Blood  Article COSDem 
Nov 27, 2006 07:00pm General Durbin creates online petition to urge Obama to run for President  Article COSDem 
Apr 14, 2006 11:00pm Profile America's Best Senators - Dick Durbin: The Debater  Article Monsieur 
Nov 28, 2005 01:00pm Commentary Dick Durbin's Senate  Article COSDem 
Aug 06, 2005 12:00pm News Durbin hedges on Daley  Article COSDem 
Jun 28, 2005 12:00am Commentary Senator Durbin Defends America's Values  Article None Entered 
Jun 26, 2005 12:00am Commentary Despite the tears of contrition, Durbin is staying with his words  Article None Entered 
Jun 26, 2005 12:00am News Durbin apologizes to Illinois veterans  Article None Entered 
Jun 23, 2005 08:40pm Opinion Durbin should have stood up for his opinion  Article COSDem 
Jun 22, 2005 06:00am Press Release Durbin Apologizes On Senate Floor For Guantanamo Bay Analogies [Full Text of Statement]  Article Ben 
Jun 21, 2005 05:00pm Statement Sen. Durbin Apologizes for Gitmo Remarks  Article None Entered 
Jun 21, 2005 12:00am Statement Daley says Durbin should apologize for Guantanamo remarks  Article None Entered 
Jun 16, 2005 04:00pm News ADL to Senator Durbin: Inappropriate Comparison to Nazi Tactics Unacceptable  Article Ben 
Jun 16, 2005 09:00am News Democrat senator[Dick Durbin]: U.S. troops 'Nazis'  Article Ben 
Jan 05, 2005 12:00am General While Obama basks, Durbin rises  Article COSDem 
Jan 04, 2005 12:00am General Durbin rips White House for withholding nominee's memos  Article COSDem 
Nov 29, 2004 12:00am General Dick Durbin goes from bats to whip  Article COSDem 
Nov 06, 2004 12:00am General Durbin to be Senate whip  Article COSDem 
Nov 05, 2004 12:00am General Durbin Locks Up Votes for Minority Whip  Article COSDem 
May 25, 2004 12:00am Commentary What?s in store for Dick Durbin?  Article COSDem 
Nov 19, 2003 12:00am Editorial Sheriff Durbin  Article Tony82 
Jul 25, 2003 12:00am Commentary Ineffective senator has few friends, defenders  Article COSDem 
Jul 17, 2003 12:00am General Durbin makes his presence felt  Article COSDem 
Jul 17, 2003 12:00am General Senator Durbin points finger at White House in Iraq flap  Article COSDem 
Mar 14, 1997 12:00am News Mr. FixIt goes to the Senate (Durbin)  Article COSDem 
Apr 00, 1991 12:00am News Richard Durbin: congressman who loves his job  Article None Entered 

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  02/02/2021 Appropriations Committee - Seat 3 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/05/2021 US Senate Assistant Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/2020 IL US Senate Won 54.93% (+16.07%)
  03/17/2020 IL US Senate - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/2019 US Senate Minority Whip Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/2017 US Senate Minority Whip Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2014 IL US Senate Won 53.55% (+10.85%)
  11/04/2014 US Senate Assistant Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  05/18/2014 IL US Senate - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  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%)
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  11/04/2008 IL US Senate Won 67.82% (+39.27%)
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