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Sen. Mark Kirk

Former Senator for Illinois

Kirk was a senator from Illinois and was a Republican. He served from 2010 to 2016.

He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 10th congressional district as a Republican from 2001 to 2010.

Photo of Sen. Mark Kirk [R-IL, 2010-2016]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Kirk.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Kirk is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Kirk sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Kirk was the primary sponsor of 13 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kirk sponsored 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 72/26.
Nay On the Nomination PN1: Ashton B. Carter, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Defense
Feb 12, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 93/5.
Nay On the Nomination PN1503: Nani A. Coloretti, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development
Dec 2, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 68/28.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay On the Nomination PN1194: Beth Labson Freeman, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
Feb 25, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 91/7.
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Yea H.R. 2499 (111th): Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2010
Apr 29, 2010. Passed 223/169.
Aye H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Nov 2010 to Dec 2016, Kirk missed 349 of 1,693 roll call votes, which is 20.6%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: