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 (23%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) International Affairs (16%) Taxation (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Education (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kirk’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 3762: Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015
Dec 3, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay On the Nomination PN1: Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense
Feb 12, 2015. Nomination Confirmed.

Missed Votes

From Nov 2010 to Dec 2016, Kirk missed 349 of 1,685 roll call votes, which is 20.7%. 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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