Senator Dick Durbin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 after representing central and southern Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. Today, Dick serves as the Democratic Whip — the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate—and on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, Agriculture, and Rules Committees.
In the Senate, Dick has fought to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act and reduce the cost of prescription drugs; strengthen the middle class by delivering billions of dollars for investments in Illinois that create jobs; and protect the Great Lakes and address climate change. Senator Durbin introduced the Dream Act, and he has been a national leader on immigration reform. He has worked with Republicans in Congress to pass criminal justice reform, which was signed into law in 2018, and increase medical and science research funding to find the next cure for things like Alzheimers. Dick’s work on international human rights has helped free more than a dozen political prisoners around the world. Dick Durbin has also been a tireless advocate for our service members and veterans, working to ensure they receive the benefits they earned with their service.
Senator Durbin succeeded his friend and mentor Senator Paul Simon in the U.S. Senate. As a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, and resident of Springfield, Dick travels virtually every week between Illinois and Washington, D.C. He is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. They are the parents of three children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.