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)
Read our 2015 Report Card for Durbin for more statistics.
Richard Durbin sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Member, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest
- Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Durbin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (22%) Health (21%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) International Affairs (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Taxation (7%)
Some of Durbin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3390: A bill to ensure that significantly more students graduate college with the international ...
- S. 3347: Know Before You Owe Private Education Loan Act of 2016
- S. 3345: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
- S. 3256: Education for All Act of 2016
- S. 3075: Addiction Prevention and Responsible Opioid Practices Act
- S.Res. 478: A resolution expressing support for the designation of June 2, 2016, as “National ...
- S. 2891: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
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From Jan 1997 to Sep 2016, Durbin missed 64 of 6,217 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills