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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2015 Report Card

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Sponsorship Analysis

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)

Committee Membership

Richard Durbin sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Durbin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (22%) Education (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (18%) International Affairs (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Taxation (8%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 1997 to May 2016, Durbin missed 61 of 6,159 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.6% 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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