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Richard J. Durbin (D)
Senior Senator from Illinois

Elected: 1996 (1st term)
Note: Assistant Floor Leader
Hometown: Springfield
Born: November 21, 1944; East St. Louis, Ill.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Loretta Schaefer Durbin; three children
Education: Georgetown U., B.S.F.S. 1966; J.D. 1969
Career: Lawyer; congressional and legislative aide
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Ill. Senate, 1976; Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, 1978; U.S. House, 1983-97; U.S. Senate, 1997-present
Committees: Appropriations ( Agriculture, Rural Development & Related Agencies; Defense; Foreign Operations; Legislative Branch - ranking member; Transportation); Governmental Affairs; Select Intelligence; Judiciary
Address: 364 Russell Senate Office Building, Constitution and Delaware Aves., N.E., Washington, DC, 20510-1304
Phone: (202) 224-2152
Fax: (202) 228-0400
E-mail: dick@durbin.senate.gov
Web site: durbin.senate.gov

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated: January 29, 2000). To suggest updates and corrections: politics.feedback@cq.com


Record and Rankings
RECORD AND RANKINGS

CQ Voting Studies are an annual analysis of a member's support or opposition to a given position. Interest Group Ratings are based on rankings from groups chosen to represent liberal, conservative, business and labor viewpoints.Voting Participation scores are based on the number of times a member voted "yea" or "nay" on roll call votes (not including quorum calls in the House).

CQ Vote Studies
Year Presidential
Support
Party
Unity
  S* O* S O
1998 86% 10% 94% 5%
1997 92 8 96 3
1996 75 16 82 8
1995 83 17 91 7
1994 78 22 97 2
1993 77 22 93 6
1992 12 86 93 5
1991 25 73 92 6
1990 16 83 91 6
S=Support; O=Oppose

Voting Participation
Year %
1998 98
1997 99
1996 86
1995 98
1994 99
1993 99
1992 99
1991 98
1990 97
Interest Groups
Year ADA AFL-CIO CCUS ACU
1998 95% n/a 50% 8 %
1997 100 100 40 4
1996 80 91 27 0
1995 85 100 25 8
1994 95 78 25 0
1993 90 92 27 13
1992 90 83 13 4
1991 95 92 30 5
1990 83 92 31 4

Note on Interest Groups: ADA=Americans for Democratic Action; AFL-CIO=American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations; CCUS=Chamber of Commerce of the United States; ACU=American Conservative Union

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999) AT A GLANCE
AT A GLANCE

State Legislature | Urban Statistics | Registered Voters | U.S. Congress | Term Limits | Elections | Population | Miscellaneous

State Legislature
Bicameral General Assembly:
Meets January-June
House of Representatives: 118 members, 2-year terms
1999 breakdown: 56R, 62D; 83 men, 35 women
Salary: $50,803
Phone: (217) 782-8223
Senate: 59 members, 4-year terms
1999 breakdown: 32R, 27D; 48 men, 11 women
Salary: $50,803
Phone: (217) 782-5715

Urban Statistics
Chicago: Mayor Richard M. Daley (D), Population 2,721,547
Rockford: Mayor Charles E. Box (D), Population 143,531
Aurora: Mayor David Stover, N-P, Population 116,405
Springfield: Mayor Karen Hasara, N-P, Population 112,921
Peoria: Mayor Lowell Grieves, N-P, Population 112,306

Registered Voters
Voters do not register by party.

U.S. Congress
Senate: 1 D, 1 R
House: 10 D, 10 R

Term Limits
For state offices: No

Elections
1996 Presidential Vote:
Bill Clinton 54%, Bob Dole 37%, Ross Perot 8%
1992 Presidential Vote:
Bill Clinton 49%, George Bush 34%, Ross Perot 17%
1988 Presidential Vote:
George Bush 51%, Michael S. Dukakis 49%

Population
1998 population (est.): 11,846,544
1990 population: 11,430,602
1980 population: 11,426,518
Percent change 1980-90: 0%
Rank among states (1998): 6
White: 81%
Black: 15%
Asian or Pacific islander: 3%
Hispanic origin: 10%
Urban: 85%
Rural: 15%
Born in state: 69%
Foreign-born: 8%
Under age 18: 3,174,223 (26%)
Ages 18-64: 7,240,323 (60%)
65 and older: 1,481,303 (12%)
Median age: 34.6

Miscellaneous
Web: www.state.il.us
Capital: Springfield
Median household income: $40,873 (1997)
   Rank among states: 12
Total area: 57,918 sq. miles
   Rank among states: 25

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999)


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