Who Are the Two Senators of Illinois?

Who Are the Two Senators of Illinois?

As of 2015, Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are the two U.S. senators from Illinois. Kirk is up for re-election in 2016, and Durbin is up for re-election in 2020.

Dick Durbin is the state's senior senator, and he serves as the minority whip. A member of the Democratic Party, Durbin worked as a lawyer before he began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1983. In 1997, he took his seat in the Senate.

Mark Kirk worked as a staff member in the U.S. Congress, the World Bank and the State Department before he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000. After serving five terms, he ran for and won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2000. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 2012, Kirk returned to work in the Senate in 2013.