Dick Durbin
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"Richard Joseph" ""Dick"" "Durbin" is the senior United States Senator from Illinois, in office since 1997. He has been the Assistant party leaders of the United States Senate/Senate Minority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate, since 2015.

He was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, he graduated from the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service/School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. Working in state legal counsel throughout the 1970s, he made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1978. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, representing the Springfield, Illinois/Springfield-based 20th congressional district. In 1996 he won election to the U.S. Senate by an unexpected 15-point margin. He has served as Senate Democratic Whip since 2005, and for a period of eight years (2007-2015) became the Majority Whip.

Senator Durbin now serves as the Senate Minority whip following the November 2014 midterm election, where the Republicans took back control of the U.S. Senate. Durbin recently won reelection in the 2014 midterm election, beating his Republican opponent Jim Oberweis, by a margin of 53.55% to 42.69%.

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The illegal trafficking in prescription medications constitutes a particularly troublesome aspect of the substance abuse problem in America.

Would you restrict freedom in America, or would you expand it?

There is no room for legal hair-splitting when it comes to the humane treatment of detainees - not in a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for human rights.

It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments.

I'm sorry that this wasn't done years and years ago.

Millions of Americans take vitamins safely every day, including me. Vitamins and mineral supplements taken in recommended doses are safe. It's the designer supplements that are worrisome.

It is only with valid, credible, good intelligence that we are able to anticipate someone who is trying to cause harm to the American people or to strike us in our territory or to, frankly, attack our special interests around the world. Intelligence is a critical part of our national defense.

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. Sadly, that is not the case.

He's doing a good job in terms of grass roots support for the party, but he understands, as we do, nobody's hanging on every word [from] the chair of the Democratic National Committee.