Sen. Richard Durbin

Senate Minority Whip

Senator from Illinois, Democrat

Durbin, a Democrat, has been a senator from Illinois since Jan 7, 1997 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Illinois's 20th congressional district (1983-1996).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Durbin 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). Durbin is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Durbin for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Richard Durbin sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Durbin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (22%) Health (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) International Affairs (11%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Taxation (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Durbin’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.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2016, Durbin missed 64 of 6,230 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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