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}}{{tnr}}'''Mark Steven Kirk''' (b. September 15, 1959) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Illinois]]. Kirk was elected to the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] on November 2, 2010, winning a special election to serve the final weeks of President [[Barack Obama]]'s Senate term, in addition to winning a regular six-year term starting January 3, 2011.<ref name="biography"> [http://kirk.senate.gov/?p=about_senator ''Mark Kirk--Senator for Illinois'' "About Mark" Accessed October 14, 2011] </ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Mark Steven Kirk''' (b. September 15, 1959, in Champaign, Illinois) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Illinois]]. Kirk was elected to the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] on November 2, 2010, winning a special election to serve the final weeks of President [[Barack Obama]]'s Senate term, in addition to winning a regular six-year term starting January 3, 2011.<ref name="biography"> [http://kirk.senate.gov/?p=about_senator ''Mark Kirk--Senator for Illinois'' "About Mark" Accessed October 14, 2011] </ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Kirk is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400222 ''Gov Track'' "Mark Kirk," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
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Kirk had a stroke on January 21, 2012, and as a result was unable to work while recovering.  He missed all 189 roll-call votes in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-return-uncertain-for-2-illinois-members-of-congress-20120909,0,3408032.story ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Return uncertain for 2 Illinois members of Congress," September 10, 2012]</ref>
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Kirk previously was a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from 2001 to 2010.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000360 ''Bioguide'' "Mark Kirk" Accessed June 21, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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*1989-Present: United States Navy, Commander  
 
*1989-Present: United States Navy, Commander  
 
*2001-2010: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
 
*2001-2010: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
*2010-Present: [[U.S. Senate]]
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*2010-Present: [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political Positions===
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===Legislative actions===
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====113th Congress====
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====National security====
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=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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{{Support vote}} Kirk voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/33502/mark-kirk ''Project Votesmart,'' "Mark Kirk Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
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=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Kirk voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====2013 Senate Budget Proposal=====
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{{Oppose vote}} Kirk voted against the 2013 [[United States Senate|Senate]] Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014.[8] Kirk was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.<ref name="votes"/>
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The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.
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The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.
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The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.
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The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
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====Immigration====
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=====Completion of fence along Mexico border=====
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{{Support vote}} Kirk voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social Issues====
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=====Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013=====
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{{Support vote}} Kirk voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Gay marriage=====
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Kirk became the second [[Republican]] [[U.S. Senate|Senator]] to speak out in favor of gay marriage in April 2013.<ref name="politico">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/mark-kirk-gay-marriage-stance-89541.html?hp=f2 ''Politico'' "Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage" Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref> He follows in the footsteps of [[Rob Portman]] (R) of [[Ohio]] who announced his support of same-sex marriage in March 2013, citing his gay son, Will, as part of the motivation.<ref name="politico"/>
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In a statement on April 2, 2013 Kirk stated, "“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back— government has no place in the middle.”<ref>[http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=blog&id=686 ''U.S. Senate'' "Mark Kirk" Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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=====Expanded background checks on gun sales=====
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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{{Neutral vote}}
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Kirk did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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===Illness===
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Kirk had a stroke on January 21, 2012, and as a result was unable to work while recovering. He missed all 189 roll-call votes in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-return-uncertain-for-2-illinois-members-of-congress-20120909,0,3408032.story ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Return uncertain for 2 Illinois members of Congress," September 10, 2012]</ref>
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-mark-kirk-endorses-romney-1219-20111219,0,951838.story ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Kirk to throw support to Romney," December 19, 2011]</ref>
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-mark-kirk-endorses-romney-1219-20111219,0,951838.story ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Kirk to throw support to Romney," December 19, 2011]</ref>
===Fiscal Cliff===
 
{{Neutral vote}}
 
Kirk did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2010===
 
===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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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{{Election box 2010
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
|party1=Republican
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|Name=Kirk
|party2= Democratic
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|year=2000
|party3= Green
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|Editdate=April 3, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00012539&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Mark Kirk" Accessed April 3, 2013]</ref>
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|office2010=[[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] (Illinois)
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|totalraised2008=5451604
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 10th congressional district|District 10]])
|party12= Independent
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|totalraised2006=3168367
|party13= Independent
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|result2006=Won
|winner1 = Mark Steve Kirk
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|office2006=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 10th congressional district|District 10]])
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|totalraised2004=1747924
|candidate2 = Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias
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|result2004=Won
|candidate3= LeAlan M. Jones
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|office2004=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 10th congressional district|District 10]])
|candidate4= Mike Labno
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|totalraised2002=1705510
|candidate5= Robert L. "Bob" Zadek
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|result2002=Won
|candidate6= Will Boyd
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|office2002=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 10th congressional district|District 10]])
|candidate7= Corey Dabney
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|totalraised2000=2068719
|candidate8= Susanne Atanus
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|result2000=Won
|candidate9= Shon-Tiyon "Santiago" Horton
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|office2000=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 10th congressional district|District 10]])
|candidate10= Avner Nager
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|candidate11= Stan Jagla
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|candidate12= Darren Raichart
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|candidate13= Lowell M. Seida
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|votes5= 561
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|votes7= 33
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|votes8= 19
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==Campaign donors==
 
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
  
 
[[File:Mark Kirk 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Kirk's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Mark Kirk 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Kirk's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
Kirk won election to the [[U.S. Senate]] in 2010. During that election cycle, Kirk's campaign committee raised a total of $14,305,287  and spent $14,079,356 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00012539&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Mark Kirk 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011]</ref>
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Kirk won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2010. During that election cycle, Kirk's campaign committee raised a total of $14,305,287  and spent $14,079,356 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00012539&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Mark Kirk 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Illness==
 
Kirk had a stroke on January 21, 2012, and as a result has been unable to work since then.  He has missed all 189 roll-call votes in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-return-uncertain-for-2-illinois-members-of-congress-20120909,0,3408032.story ''Chicago Tribune,'' "Return uncertain for 2 Illinois members of Congress," September 10, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Lifetime voting record===
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===Ideology and leadership===
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Murphy missed 271 of 626 roll call votes from Nov 2010 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 43.3%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/christopher_murphy/412194 ''GovTrack,'' "Chris Murphy," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Kirk is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican]]," as of June 21, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400222 ''Gov Track'' "Mark Kirk," Accessed June 21, 2013]</ref>
  
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Like-minded colleagues===
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400222_Mark_Kirk ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Mark Kirk," Accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kirk paid his congressional staff a total of $2,451,707 in 2011.  He ranks 25th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 34th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 9th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/320/Sen_Mark_Kirk.html LegiStorm "Mark Kirk"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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Kirk most often votes with:
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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*{{reddot}} [[Kelly Ayotte]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Joe Manchin]]
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Kirk's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,002 and $33,000. That averages to $17,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 80.34% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00012539&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Kirk, (R-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
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Kirk least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Rand Paul]]
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Kirk's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $33,005 and $145,000. That averages to $89,002.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00012539&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Kirk, (R-IL), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Kirk ranked 43rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kirk ranked 43rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
===Political Positions===
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===Lifetime missed votes===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Kirk missed 271 of 626 roll call votes from Nov 2010 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 43.3%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/christopher_Kirk/412194 ''GovTrack,'' "Mark Kirk," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kirk paid his congressional staff a total of $2,451,707 in 2011.  He ranks 25th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and  ranks 34th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 9th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/320/Sen_Mark_Kirk.html LegiStorm "Mark Kirk"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Kirk's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,002 and $33,000. That averages to $17,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 80.34% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00012539&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Kirk, (R-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Kirk's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $33,005 and $145,000. That averages to $89,002.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00012539&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Kirk, (R-IL), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
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*[http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/mark_kirk/ Collected news and commentary] by Lynn Sweet at the ''Chicago Sun-Times''
 
*[http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/mark_kirk/ Collected news and commentary] by Lynn Sweet at the ''Chicago Sun-Times''
 
*[http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/mark-kirk-PEPLT003562.topic Collected news and commentary] at the ''Chicago Tribune'' plus [http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/mark-kirk featured articles]
 
*[http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/government/mark-kirk-PEPLT003562.topic Collected news and commentary] at the ''Chicago Tribune'' plus [http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/mark-kirk featured articles]

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Mark Kirk
Mark Kirk.jpg
U.S. Senate, Illinois
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRoland W. Burris (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$28,447,411
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
2001-2010
Education
High schoolNew Trier East High School (1977)
Bachelor'sCornell University
Master'sLondon School of Economics
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1989-Present
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 15, 1959
Place of birthChampaign, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney, Commander in U.S. Navy Reserve
Net worth$17,501
ReligionUnited Church of Christ [1]
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Steven Kirk (b. September 15, 1959, in Champaign, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Illinois. Kirk was elected to the Senate on November 2, 2010, winning a special election to serve the final weeks of President Barack Obama's Senate term, in addition to winning a regular six-year term starting January 3, 2011.[2]

Kirk had a stroke on January 21, 2012, and as a result was unable to work while recovering. He missed all 189 roll-call votes in the Senate in 2012.[3]

Kirk previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2010.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kirk is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Born in Champaign, Illinois, he graduated from Cornell University, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1989 and was recalled to active duty for the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. He participated in Operation Northern Watch in Iraq the following year. He remains a member of the U.S Navy Reserve, now holding the rank of Commander.

Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010 he won a special election to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and he began a six-year Senate term beginning in 2011.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Kirk serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

2011-2012

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Kirk's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Kirk voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Kirk voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[9]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Kirk voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[9] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014.[8] Kirk was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[9]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "Yes" Kirk voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[9]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Kirk voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[9]

Gay marriage

Kirk became the second Republican Senator to speak out in favor of gay marriage in April 2013.[10] He follows in the footsteps of Rob Portman (R) of Ohio who announced his support of same-sex marriage in March 2013, citing his gay son, Will, as part of the motivation.[10]

In a statement on April 2, 2013 Kirk stated, "“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back— government has no place in the middle.”[11]

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Yea3.png On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[12] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[13] Kirk was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Kirk did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Illness

Kirk had a stroke on January 21, 2012, and as a result was unable to work while recovering. He missed all 189 roll-call votes in the Senate in 2012.[16]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mark Kirk endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

Elections

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.[18]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kirk is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Kirk raised a total of $28,447,411 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[19]

Mark Kirk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Illinois) Won $14,305,287
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $5,451,604
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $3,168,367
2004 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $1,747,924
2002 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $1,705,510
2000 U.S. House (Illinois, District 10) Won $2,068,719
Grand Total Raised $28,447,411

2010

Breakdown of the source of Kirk's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Kirk won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kirk's campaign committee raised a total of $14,305,287 and spent $14,079,356 .[20]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kirk is a "centrist Republican," as of June 21, 2013.[21]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[22]

Kirk most often votes with:

Kirk least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kirk ranked 43rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.[23]

Voting with party

2013

Mark Kirk voted with the Republican Party 73.8% of the time, which ranked 44th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Kirk missed 271 of 626 roll call votes from Nov 2010 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 43.3%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[25]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kirk paid his congressional staff a total of $2,451,707 in 2011. He ranks 25th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 34th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 9th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kirk's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,002 and $33,000. That averages to $17,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 80.34% from 2010.[27]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kirk's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $33,005 and $145,000. That averages to $89,002.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[28]

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Personal

In February 1998, Kirk met his future wife, Kimberly Vertolli, a Naval Intelligence Officer, by chance, while the two were on duty together at the Pentagon.[29]After 8 years of marriage, the two separated, finalizing their divorce in the summer of 2009.[30] Reports have noted that the divorce was an amicable one and the two remain close friends.[31] Mark currently resides in Highland Park, Illinois.[2]

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  1. United Church of Christ News "Barack Obama, candidate for President, is UCC" Accessed October 14, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Mark Kirk--Senator for Illinois "About Mark" Accessed October 14, 2011
  3. Chicago Tribune, "Return uncertain for 2 Illinois members of Congress," September 10, 2012
  4. Bioguide "Mark Kirk" Accessed June 21, 2013
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Mark Kirk--Senator for Illinois "Committee Assignments" Accessed October 14, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Project Votesmart, "Mark Kirk Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Politico "Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage" Accessed April 2, 2013
  11. U.S. Senate "Mark Kirk" Accessed April 2, 2013
  12. NPR "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales" accessed April 19, 2013
  13. Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
  14. NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
  15. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Chicago Tribune, "Return uncertain for 2 Illinois members of Congress," September 10, 2012
  17. Chicago Tribune, "Kirk to throw support to Romney," December 19, 2011
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Mark Kirk" Accessed April 3, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Mark Kirk 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Mark Kirk," Accessed June 21, 2013
  22. OpenCongress, "Rep. Mark Kirk," Accessed August 2, 2013
  23. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. GovTrack, "Mark Kirk," Accessed March 29, 2013
  26. LegiStorm "Mark Kirk"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Kirk, (R-Ill), 2011"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Kirk, (R-IL), 2010"
  29. Chicago Sun Times "Kirk: Lawmakers' wife splits for D.C." Accessed October 14, 2011
  30. abc7chicago "Rep. Mark Kirk, wife divorcing" Accessed October 14, 2011
  31. Huffington Post:Chicago "Rep. Mark Kirk's Divorce To Be Finalized" Accessed October 14, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Roland Burris
U.S. Senate-Illinois
2010–present
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