As of 2015, some notable midwestern members of Congress are Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. These members of Congress belong to either the Democratic or the Republican Party.
Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio belongs to the Democratic Party. He served in the House of Representatives for Ohio's 13th congressional district from 1993 to 2007. In 2006, Brown won election for a seat in the Senate, where he started working in January of 2007. As of June 2015, Sherrod Brown serves as the ranking Democratic member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
Senator Dick Durbin is the 47th U.S. Senator from the state of Illinois, and represents the Democratic Party. Durbin won election to the Senate in 1996, and re-election in 2002, 2008 and 2014. He began serving as the Assistant Democratic Leader for the U.S. Senate in 2005.
Senator Mark Kirk assumed office in 2010 and, as of June 2015, serves alongside Dick Durbin as the second Senator for the state of Illinois. Mark Kirk represents the Republican Party and also served as a member of the House of Representatives for Illinois' 10th congressional district from 2001 to 2010.