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 more oversight is needed relating to COVID-19 relief funds, saying his son’s identity was stolen and that he has been accused of defrauding on a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan for a bogus construction company. 

“There’s no Durbin construction company,” Senator Durbin told reporters on Capitol Hill. The senator said the loan was for $140,000. 

“Somebody had stolen his identity,” he said. “Government-backed PPP loans were created to help small business survive the COVID pandemic.” 

Federal officials estimate that $100 billion designated for COVID relief has been wasted on fraud. 

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 20510


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