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Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)

  • District: Senior Senator from Illinois
  • Residence: Springfield
  • Born: November 21, 1944; East St. Louis, Ill.
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Family: Wife, Loretta Durbin; three children (one deceased)
  • Education: Georgetown U., B.S.F.S. 1966 (international affairs & economics); Georgetown U., J.D. 1969
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Ill. Senate, 1976; Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, 1978; U.S. House, 1983-97; U.S. Senate, 1997-present
  • Elected: Elected: 1996 (3rd term)
  • Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Defense - Chairman; Energy-Water; Financial Services; Labor-HHS-Education; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Foreign Relations (African Affairs; European Affairs; International Operations & Organizations; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs); Judiciary (Bankruptcy & Courts; Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights - Chairman; Crime & Terrorism; Immigration, Refugees & Border Security); Rules & Administration; Joint Library
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State Information: Illinois

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2008 general Richard Durbin (D) 3,615,844 67.8%
Steve Sauerberg (R) 1,520,621 28.5%
Kathy Cummings (GREEN) 119,135 2.2%
Larry Stafford (LIBERT) 50,224 0.9%
Chad Koppie (CNSTP) 24,059 0.4%
2002 general Richard Durbin (D) 2,103,766 60.3%
Jim Durkin (R) 1,325,703 38%
Steven Burgauer (LIBERT) 57,382 1.6%
1996 general Richard J. Durbin (D) 2,384,028 56.1%
Al Salvi (R) 1,728,824 40.7%
Steven H. Perry (REF) 61,023 1.4%
Robin J. Miller (LIBERT) 41,218 1%
Chad Koppie (USTAX) 17,563 0.4%
James E. Davis (NL) 13,838 0.3%
Steve Dahl (Write-In) 4,222 0.1%
Robert A. Rudner (Write-In) 6  
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 61.92% John McCain: 36.78%
2012 : 57.6% : 40.73%
2004 John Kerry: 55% George W. Bush: 44%
2000 Al Gore: 55% George W. Bush: 43%
1996 Bill Clinton: 54% Robert Dole: 37%
1992 Bill Clinton: 49% George H. W. Bush: 34%
1988 Michael Dukakis: 49% George H. W. Bush: 51%
1984 Walter F. Mondale: 43% :

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