Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois, the state’s senior senator, and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation.
Durbin also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, also known as the Democratic Whip. In this position as the lead Democrat in the day-to-day action of the Senate, he is responsible for counting votes and monitoring legislation for the caucus on the Senate floor. Durbin has been elected to the position of Assistant Democratic Leader by his Democratic colleagues every two years since 2004. He is only the fifth Illinois Senator in history to serve as a Senate leader.
Elected to the U.S. Senate on November 5, 1996, and re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014, Durbin fills the seat left vacant by the retirement of his long-time friend and mentor, U.S. Senator Paul Simon.
Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees.
Senator Durbin makes approximately 50 round trips a year between Washington and Illinois. He is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. Their family consists of three children--Christine (deceased), Paul and Jennifer--as well as three grandchildren, Alex, Ona and Floyd. They reside in Springfield.