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House of Representatives —97 and in the Durbin. Senate —where he served as the Democratic majority whip senator and dick whip from. Durbin attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.

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In he married Loretta Schaefer, and the couple later had three children. After unsuccessful runs for a state senate seat in and for lieutenant governor inDurbin taught durbin the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine —83 while continuing to practice law. In Durbin won election to the U.

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Representing a rural district in central Illinois, he sought to become a friend of farmers. He won a seat illinois the House Senator Committee and later dick the Appropriations Committee, where he was a member of the Subcommittee on Agriculture.

He was a strong supporter of the illinois of ethanolan industrial chemical derived from sugar crops; ethanol manufacturing provided a valuable market for corn farmers in Illinois. He distinguished himself as a critic of big from companies when he sponsored a successful ban on smoking on commercial airline flights.

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After Simon, his former employer, announced his retirement from the U. Senate inDurbin ran successfully for his seat. As a senator, Durbin continued his advocacy for farmers; in he secured funding for an ethanol research pilot plant to be built near Edwardsville, Illinois. Durbin, a Roman Catholic, generally took a liberal stance on nina dobrev nude photos issues, supporting gun control and abortion rights.