Sen. Dick Durbin is Illinois’ senior senator and was first elected to the Senate in 1996. As the Assistant Majority Leader, Durbin is the second highest ranking member of the Senate. He serves on the Senate’s Judiciary and Appropriations Committees, amongst others, and has been a longtime supporter of Israel and outspoken advocate for a two-state solution. He is also the Chairman of the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Outside of Congress, Senator Durbin is a Board Member of the United State Holocaust Museum. Durbin has earned a reputation as a tactful coalition builder with strong progressive principles.