Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat, is the senior senator representing the state of Illinois. Durbin was first elected to the Senate from Illinois in 1996, replacing longtime Illinois Sen. Paul Simon, and has been re-elected every six years since.
Since 2005 he has also served as the Democratic whip, the second-highest party leadership position in the Senate after the Democratic leader, whether in the majority or the minority. Durbin serves on the Senate Appropriations, Judiciary and Rules committees and is the ranking Democratic member of the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense and the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.
Education and Political History
Durbin was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the former U.S. Congressional District 20, which included Springfield, in 1982 and served there until he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Durbin has a law degree from Georgetown University and practiced law in Springfield before being elected to the House in 1982.
Sen. Durbin's Office Contact Information
Durbin's Senate website indicates he travels home to Illinois many times a year to stay in contact with his constituents. He and his wife, Loretta Shaefer Durbin, live in Springfield. Durbin welcomes contact from constituents. Here are all the ways you can do it, whether, in the traditional ways of office visits, letters or phones calls or online via email on his website or posts and messages via Twitter or Facebook.
To reach Durbin via phone, email, fax, regular mail or in person at his offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Springfield, Carbondale or Rock Island, visit his website for contact information. If you email the senator via this website, you will receive a reply from him if you are a resident of Illinois.