|United States Senator|
November 29, 2010 – January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Roland Burris|
|Succeeded by||Tammy Duckworth|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 10th district
January 3, 2001 – November 29, 2010
|Preceded by||John Porter|
|Succeeded by||Bob Dold|
Mark Steven Kirk
September 15, 1959
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 2001; div. 2009)
|Education||Cornell University (BA)|
London School of Economics (MS)
Georgetown University (JD)
|Website||Senate website (Archived)|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1989–2013|
|Battles/wars||NATO bombing of Yugoslavia|
Operation Northern Watch
Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959) is a retired American politician and attorney who served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 2010 to 2017. A member of the Republican Party, Kirk was previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Illinois's 10th congressional district. Kirk calls himself a social liberal and fiscal conservative.
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Kirk graduated from Cornell University, the London School of Economics, and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He joined the United States Navy Reserve as a Direct Commission Officer in the Intelligence career field 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 attained the rank of Commander and retired from the Navy Reserve in 2013.
Kirk was elected to the House in 2000. During his fifth term in November 2010, he won two concurrent elections: to finish the final months of former Senator Barack Obama's term and to serve the next six-year term. He was sworn in on November 29, 2010 and began a six-year Senate term on January 3, 2011. In January 2012, Kirk suffered a stroke; a full year passed before he returned to his senatorial duties. In 2016, Kirk ran for re-election to a second term, but was defeated by Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth.
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