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 Assistant Democratic Leader (also known as the Democratic Whip) — the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate—and on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees.
Senator Durbin succeeded his friend and mentor Senator Paul Simon in the U.S. Senate in 1997.
As a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, and resident of Springfield, Dick travels virtually every week between Illinois and Washington, DC. He is married to Loretta Schaefer Durbin. They are the parents of three children and the proud grandparents of Alex, Ona and Floyd.
In the Senate, Dick has focused on progressive issues of strengthening the middle class and consumer protection; fighting for strong safety net programs for seniors and working families; and protecting the environment. Dick introduced the DREAM Act and is a national leader on immigration reform. He has worked for years to pass meaningful criminal justice reform. He played a pivotal role in securing the Iran nuclear deal in the Senate, and his work on international human rights has helped free more than a dozen political prisoners around the world. Dick has also been a tireless advocate for our veterans, working to ensure they receive the benefits they earned with their service.