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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.)

Political Highlights: U.S. House of Representatives, 2001-10; U.S. Senate, 2010-present
Born: Sept. 15, 1959; Champaign, Ill.
Residence: Highland Park
Religion: Christian
Family: Divorced
Education: Cornell U., B.A. 1981; London School of Economics, M.S. 1982; Georgetown U., J.D. 1992
Military Service: Navy Reserve, 1989-2013
Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st full term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Labor-HHS-Education; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-VA - Chairman; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; National Security & International Trade and Finance - Chairman; Securities, Insurance & Investment); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families; Employment & Workplace Safety; Primary Health and Retirement Security); Special Aging

Election History
2010specialMark Kirk (R) 1,677,72947.3
Alexi Giannoulias (D) 1,641,48646.3
2010generalMark Kirk (R) 1,778,69848.0
Alexi Giannoulias (D) 1,719,47846.4
LeAlan Jones (GREEN) 117,9143.2
Mike Labno (LIBERT) 87,2472.4
2008generalMark Kirk (R) 153,08252.6
Dan Seals (D) 138,17647.4
2006generalMark Kirk (R) 107,92953.4
Dan Seals (D) 94,27846.6
2004generalMark Kirk (R) 177,49364.1
Lee Goodman (D) 99,21835.9
2002generalMark Kirk (R) 128,61168.8
Henry Perritt (D) 58,30031.2
2000generalMark Kirk (R) 121,58251.2
Lauren Gash (D) 115,92448.8
Roll Call Vitals


Illinois is 16th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.