Mark Kirk

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Mark Kirk currently serves as a U.S. Senator for Illinois

Mark Steven Kirk, a Republican, has been a Senator from Illinois since November 2010. He previously was a U.S. Representative for the 10th District of Illinois 2001-2010. (map)[1]

Record and controversies

Iraq War

Kirk voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Terrorist profiling

On November 5, 2005, while speaking at Northwestern University, Kirk stated that he is "O-K with discrimination against young Arab males from terrorist-producing states." Despite calls from American-Muslim groups and other politicians for an apology and retraction, Kirk stood by his statement. He acknowledged the statement was "politically uncomfortable".[1]


Kirk was born on September 15, 1959 in Champaign, Illinois. He attended the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cornell University, received a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Jesuit-run Georgetown University.

He serves as an officer in the United States Naval Reserves. He received "the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award, was given to his unit while it was in Italy. Navy officers make the nominations for the award, which is given by a professional organization known as the National Military Intelligence Association," not "intelligence officer of the year" as has been reported elsewhere. [2]

Kirk was a lawyer, a staff member for Representative John Edward Porter, a special assistant at the Department of State, and a staff member for the House International Relations Committee before entering the House.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Dan Seals to face Kirk in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Kirk won 53% to 47%. Kirk and Seals debated only once. A second debate was scheduled but Seals dropped out at the last minute. [4]

2008 elections

In 2008, Kirk won reelection to his House seat by beating Democratic opponent Dan Seals.

2010 elections

In 2010, Kirk won Barack Obama's old Senate seat by beating Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.[1]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Mark Kirk
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Export Financing and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Science State Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies

Coalitions and caucuses


More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Mark Kirk. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources



  1. 1.0 1.1 Mark Kirk profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  3. About, Population Resource Center, accessed September 16, 2008.


Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Republican Main Street Partnership, The Republican Majority for Choice, Republicans for Environmental Protection
Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations and Related Programs
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2000
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2001
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, United States Department of State, Administrative Assistant, United State Congress, Representative John Porter, Parliamentary Assistant, British House of Commons, Office of Julian Critchley, MP
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 102 Wilmot Road, Suite 200, Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847-940-0202 / Fax: 847-940-7143
2. 20 South Martin Luther King Drive, Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847-662-0101 / Fax: 847-662-7519

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. P.O. Box 8, Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: September 15, 1959