Mark Kirk

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Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has become the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick. 

Kirk said in an interview on Chicago radio station WLS the Senate should “man up and cast a vote.'' 

Last Wednesday, President Obama nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February.

Kirk faces a difficult re-election fight this fall against Tammy Duckworth in a Democratic-leaning state. 

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and Tammy Duckworth

The newly chosen Illinois Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tammy Duckworth, says she backs President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court.  She's calling on her opponent to do the same. 

The U.S. Senate's Republican leader says he'll block Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. 

But Rep. Duckworth says Garland has "impeccable credentials."

Duckworth is campaigning to take Republican Mark Kirk's Senate seat from him. 

Kirk Won't Lend Support To LaHood In 18th District Election

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk isn't lending his support to anyone yet in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock in the 18th Illinois Congressional District.

Kirk says he's letting his fellow Republicans choose their candidate for a special election. He declined to endorse the current front-runner, state Sen. Darin LaHood.

"I would say Darin has the right family name for Peoria leadership because his dad is so well-loved," he said, referring to long-time Congressman Ray LaHood.


Yesterday was the first day of the new congress, and that means Illinois’ Senator Mark Kirk is now in the majority party. Republicans now control both chambers of congress. 

But when laying out his legislative priorities for the year, Kirk strayed from typical conservative talking points. He says his top two goals are banning sewage dumping in the Great Lakes.

"I wanna make sure that we’re protecting the water supply for 8 million Americans with the reverence and protection that it should be getting."

More Comments From Illinois Senators On Air Strikes In Iraq

Aug 11, 2014

Both of Illinois' Senators, Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R), spoke out in support of American air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Iraq.

Sen. Durbin has warned against the US getting too involved in Iraq, but sees the importance of the current military operation. "We have many Americans in the city of Irbil. What the president is doing is protecting them and giving the Kurds a chance to fight back against the ISIS onslaught," says Durbin.