Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator from Illinois

Dick Durbin

U.S. Senator from Illinois

Richard Joseph Durbin was born in November 1944 in East St. Louis, Illinois. He earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. During his senior year, he served as an intern at the Senate. He received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, after which he entered into private practice in Springfield, Illinois. He served as legal counsel to Illinois Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon and then as legal counsel to the Illinois State Judiciary Committee for ten years. Durbin was also an adjunct professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Durbin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served fourteen years there. He successfully ran for the United States Senate and has been Senator from Illinois since assuming office in January 1997.

Durbin is married to Loretta and they have had three children, one of whom died in 2008 from complications due to a congenital heart condition. He is a Catholic.

In the News…

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said the country must come together to heal “some of the terrible wounds of our past.”

The Senate’s number 2 ranking minority member said that the future is limitless for girls, women, and people of color and that the next administration will ”tackle this coronavirus pandemic head-on and get our economy back on track, and move our country forward.”

He said, “The last four years did not break America, but revealed what was already broken. Now we must come together to heal some of the terrible wounds of our past, and together create a better, more just, more prosperous America—not just for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Durbin today?  You can let him know at:

The Honorable Dick Durbin
Senator from Illinois
711 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20012


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