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Richard Durbin

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Richard Durbin
U.S. Senior Senator, Illinois
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 2)

January 4, 2007
Serving with Barack Obama

Preceded by Paul Findley
Born November 21, 1944
Spouse Loretta Schaefer
Religion Roman Catholic

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Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the courageous Democratic Senior Senator from Illinois. He represented Illinois's 20th Congressional District from 1983-1997, winning election to the Senate in 1996 to succeed his mentor, Paul Simon. Durbin's low-key demeanor masks his behind-the-scenes influence; he's Assistant Democratic Floor Leader in the Senate, chaired the platform committee for the Democratic convention in 2000 and was floated as a possible running mate for Al Gore.


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Durbin's top legislative priorities are:

Torture Speech Controversy

Sen. Durbin sparked controversy on June 14, 2005[1] on the Senate floor during debate when he made comment about the description of interrogation techniques in an FBI report which were being used at the dentention faciality in Guantanamo Cuba stating:

This is the type of thing you would expect from a repressive regime. This is not the type of thing you would expect from the United States. If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others - that had no concern for human beings.

Australian Hold'em

Durbin placed the nomination of Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum to be U.S. ambassador to Australia on hold so that the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility could finish its ethics inquiry into the handling of a civil racketeering tobacco case that alleged cigarette companies knowingly engaged in deception for decades by denying that nicotine was addictive and downplaying the dangers of smoking. Filed during the Clinton administration the second Bush adminsitration's Justice Department bypassed the position of one of its own witnesses and reduced the amount the Bush administration was seeking from the tobacco industry from $130 billion to $10 billion. Nothing is too good for Big Business in this adminsitration. McCallum was the third ranking official at the department at the time and he defended the reduction in the award against Democrats and anti-smoking groups who said the Bush administration had caved in to the tobacco lobby. U.S. senators may place a hold on an executive branch nominee, but that may be overcome by a vote of 60 Senators. Source: Pete Yost. "Durbin Blocking Ambassadorial Nomination." Associated Press. April 14, 2006.


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This page was last modified 13:56, 24 February 2008 by dKosopedia user DrDebug. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat, BartFraden, Lestatdelc, Bugmenow and Bcarlson33. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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