Sen. Dick Durbin is Illinois’ senior senator and was first elected to the Senate in 1996. As the Democratic Whip, Durbin is the second highest ranking Democrat in 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 the Ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and on the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and Subcommittee on Immigration. Durbin has earned a reputation as a tactful coalition builder with strong progressive principles.