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November 8, 2016 —Illinois General Election

United States Senate — ” Mark Steven Kirk, Candidate for Senator

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Mark Steven Kirk

Republican
United States Senator
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect the American people from the threat of terrorism at home and abroad.
  • Change the culture of corruption in the VA health care system.
  • Tax less, spend less and encourage economic growth.

Experience

Experience

Profession:United States Senator
Senator, U.S. Senate — Elected position (2010–current)
Member, U.S. Navy Reserve (1989–2013)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2001–2010)
Special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State (1991–1993)
Staff member, Office of U.S. Representative John Porter of Illinois (1984–1990)

Education

Georgetown University J.D. (1992)
London School of Economics M.S. (1982)
Cornell University B.A., history (1981)

Biography

Mark Kirk represents Illinois in the United States Senate as an independent voice for families from every corner of the greatest state in the nation. With a proven record as a bridge-builder, Mark is a fiscal conservative, social moderate and defense hawk on our national security.

Mark was born in Champaign in 1959 and spent his earliest years growing up in a small house on Magnolia Drive. The Kirk family later moved to Kenilworth, where Mark attended the Joseph Sears School. He graduated from New Trier High School in 1977.

Mark attended Blackburn College in Carlinville and earned a degree in history from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown University. He worked for 10th District Congressman John Porter and later at the World Bank, at the State Department, at a private law firm, and as counsel for the House International Relations Committee.

In 1989, Mark was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He served for 23 years until retiring in 2013 with the rank of commander. He considers his service in the Navy Reserve the greatest honor of his life. When Congressman Porter retired in 2000, Mark was elected to replace him. He served five terms representing the people of Illinois’ 10th District in the House of Representatives before being elected in 2010 to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate. He was sworn in on November 29, 2010.

In January 2012, Mark suffered an ischemic stroke and underwent several surgeries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to save his life. After nearly a year of intensive rehabilitation to re-learn how to walk, with the help of talented physical therapists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Mark climbed the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol and returned to work in the Senate.

Mark’s grueling recovery process and triumphant return to work only strengthened his determination to be an independent voice for Illinois. He confronts the culture of corruption at VA hospitals like Hines in Illinois on behalf of our state’s 700,000 veterans. He has delivered millions in federal dollars to find and prosecute dangerous drug gangs which remain a plague in Chicago, Peoria, and other Illinois communities. Mark understands that over 30 million people rely on the Great Lakes, the crown jewel of the Midwest, for clean water.

He is the leading advocate of industry and innovation of Illinois, the nation’s fifth-largest economy, from the aerospace industry in Rockford and Caterpillar in Peoria to the farmers that have made Illinois number one in soybean production and the small businesses that drive innovation. As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Mark is proud of Illinois’ military installations – Scott Air Force Base (the largest employer south of Springfield), Rock Island Arsenal, and Naval Station Great Lakes – at the forefront of military readiness. With allies in office and in the private sector, Mark is always looking for ways to strengthen Illinois’ best competitive advantage – its transportation and logistics infrastructure – from making the Mississippi River an export drag strip for Illinois agricultural products to keeping O’Hare the world’s busiest airport.

Mark currently lives in Highland Park.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $8,505,478

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
National Republican Senatorial Committee
$46,800
2
NORPAC
$42,710
3
Employees of Kirkland & Ellis
$33,625
4
Fidelity and employees
$28,200
5
Employees of Elliott Management
$27,300

More information about contributions

By State:

Illinois 33.41%
District of Columbia 12.25%
New York 7.67%
Virginia 6.04%
Other 40.64%
33.41%12.25%40.64%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.06%)
Small contributions (4.94%)
95.06%

By Type:

From organizations (29.53%)
From individuals (70.47%)
29.53%70.47%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Candidate Contact Info

Email press@kirkforsenate.com
Phone: (847) 498-0300

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