Sen. Mark Kirk

Senator from Illinois, Republican

Kirk, a Republican, has been a senator from Illinois since Nov 29, 2010 (next election in 2016).

He was previously the representative for Illinois's 10th congressional district (2001-2010).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Kirk has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Kirk is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Kirk for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Mark Kirk sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kirk sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) International Affairs (15%) Taxation (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Education (8%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kirk’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Nov 2010 to Sep 2016, Kirk missed 349 of 1,681 roll call votes, which is 20.8%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 20 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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