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U.S. Senate delegation from Illinois

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This page displays current and historical information pertaining to the U.S. Senate delegation from Illinois.

Current members

The current members of the U.S. Senate from Illinois are:


Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:Predecessor:
Dick Durbin
Richard Durbin.jpg
Democratic PartyU.S. Senate, Illinois 1997January 3, 2015 November 4, 2014LinkPaul M. Simon (D)
Mark Kirk
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Republican PartyU.S. Senate, Illinois 2011January 3, 2017November 2016LinkRoland W. Burris (D)

Election history


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Class II

Senators in Class II were elected to office in the November 2008 general election, unless they took their seat through appointment or special election. Class II terms run from the beginning of the 111th Congress on January 3, 2009, to the end of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2015.

2008
On November 4, 2008, Durbin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steve Sauerberg (R), Kathy Cummings (G), Larry A. Stafford (L), Chad N. Koppie (I) and Patricia Elaine Beard (I) in the general election.[1]


U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard J. Durbin Incumbent 67.8% 3,615,844
     Republican Steve Sauerberg 28.5% 1,520,621
     Green Kathy Cummings 2.2% 119,135
     Libertarian Larry A. Stafford 0.9% 50,224
     Constitution Party of Illinois Chad N. Koppie 0.5% 24,059
     Independent Patricia Elaine Beard 0% 1
Total Votes 5,329,884

2002
On November 5, 2002, Dick Durbin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Durkin (R) and Steven Burgauer (L) in the general election.[2]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDick Durbin incumbent 60.3% 2,103,766
     Republican Jim Durkin 38% 1,325,703
     Libertarian Steven Burgauer 1.6% 57,382
Total Votes 3,486,851

1996
On November 5, 1996, Dick Durbin won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Al Salvi (R), Steven H. Perry (Reform), Robin J. Miller (L), Chad Koppie (U.S. Taxpayers) and James E. Davis (Natural Law) in the general election.[3]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 1996
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDick Durbin 54.3% 2,341,744
     Republican Al Salvi 36.8% 1,587,021
     Reform Steven H. Perry 8% 346,408
     Libertarian Robin J. Miller 0.5% 22,548
     U.S. Taxpayers Chad Koppie 0.2% 7,606
     Natural Law James E. Davis 0.1% 4,606
     N/A Write-in 0% 1,458
Total Votes 4,311,391

Class III

Senators in Class III were elected to office in the November 2010 general election, unless they took their seat through appointment or special election. Class III terms run from the beginning of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2011, to the end of the 114th Congress on January 3, 2017.

2010
On November 2, 2010, Kirk won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias (D), LeAlan M. Jones (G), Mike Labno (L), Robert L. "Bob" Zadek (I), Will Boyd (I), Corey Dabney (I), Susanne Atanus (I), Shon-Tiyon "Santiago" Horton (I), Avner Nager (I), Stan Jagla (I), Darren Raichart (I) and Lowell M. Seida (I) in the general election.[4]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steve Kirk 48% 1,778,698
     Democratic Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias 46.4% 1,719,478
     Green LeAlan M. Jones 3.2% 117,914
     Libertarian Mike Labno 2.4% 87,247
     Independent Robert L. "Bob" Zadek 0% 561
     Independent Will Boyd 0% 468
     Independent Corey Dabney 0% 33
     Independent Susanne Atanus 0% 19
     Independent Shon-Tiyon "Santiago" Horton 0% 16
     Independent Avner Nager 0% 15
     Independent Stan Jagla 0% 12
     Independent Darren Raichart 0% 9
     Independent Lowell M. Seida 0% 3
Total Votes 3,704,473

2004
On November 2, 2004, Barack Obama won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Alan Keyes (R), Albert J. Franzen (I), Jerry Kohn (L) and write-in candidates in the general election.[5]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarack Obama 70% 3,597,456
     Republican Alan Keyes 27% 1,390,690
     Independent Albert J. Franzen 1.6% 81,164
     Libertarian Jerry Kohn 1.3% 69,253
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 2,957
Total Votes 5,141,520

1998
On November 3, 1998, Peter G. Fitzgerald won election to the United States Senate. he defeated Carol Moseley-Braun (D), Don A. Torgersen (Reform) and Raymond W. Stalker (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 1998
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter G. Fitzgerald 50.3% 1,709,041
     Democratic Carol Moseley-Braun incumbent 47.4% 1,610,496
     Reform Don A. Torgersen 2.2% 74,704
     U.S. Taxpayers Raymond W. Stalker 0% 280
Total Votes 3,394,521

Historical members

Historical Representation to the US Senate by Party from Illinois
Party Total
     Democratic 23
     Republican 25
     Jacksonian 3
     CRR 1
     Independent 1
Total Senators 53
Class 2 Senators from Illinois
Senator Years Served Party
Jesse B. Thomas Republican 1818-1829
John McLean Jacksonian 1829-1830
David J. Baker Democratic 1830-1830
John M. Robinson Democratic 1830-1841
Samuel McRoberts Democratic 1841-1843
James Semple Democratic 1843-1847
Stephen A. Douglas Democratic 1847-1861
Orville H. Browning Republican 1861-1863
William A. Richardson Democratic 1863-1865
Richard Yates Republican 1865-1871
John A. Logan Republican 1871-1877
David Davis Independent 1877-1883
Shelby M. Cullom Republican 1883-1913
James Hamilton Lewis Democratic 1913-1919
J. Medill McCormick Republican 1919-1925
Charles S. Deneen Republican 1925-1931
James Hamilton Lewis Democratic 1931-1939
James M. Slattery Democratic 1939-1940
C. Wayland Brooks Republican 1940-1949
Paul H. Douglas Democratic 1949-1967
Charles H. Percy Republican 1967-1985
Paul M. Simon Democratic 1985-1997
Richard Durbin Democratic 1997-Present
Class 3 Senators from Illinois
Senator Years Served Party
Ninian Edwards Republican 1818-1824
John McLean CRR 1824-1825
Elias K. Kane Jacksonian 1825-1835
William Lee D. Ewing Jacksonian 1835-1837
Richard M. Young Democratic 1837-1843
Sidney Breese Democratic 1843-1849
James Shields Democratic 1849-1855
Lyman Trumbull Republican 1855-1873
Richard J. Oglesby Republican 1873-1879
John A. Logan Republican 1879-1886
Charles B. Farwell Republican 1887-1891
John McAuley Palmer Democratic 1891-1897
William E. Mason Republican 1897-1903
Albert J. Hopkins Republican 1903-1909
William Lorimer Republican 1909-1912
Lawrence Y. Sherman Republican 1913-1921
William B. McKinley Republican 1921-1926
Frank L. Smith Republican 1926-1928
Otis F. Glenn Republican 1928-1933
William H. Dieterich Democratic 1933-1939
Scott W. Lucas Democratic 1939-1951
Everett McKinley Dirksen Republican 1951-1969
Ralph Tyler Smith Republican 1969-1970
Adlai E. Stevenson III Democratic 1970-1981
Alan J. Dixon Democratic 1981-1993
Carol Moseley-Braun Democratic 1993-1999
Peter G. Fitzgerald Republican 1999-2005
Barack Obama Democratic 2005-2008
Roland W. Burris Democratic 2009-2010
Mark Kirk Republican 2010-Present

See also

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