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Source: Durbin Plans to Seek Re-Election

Sen. Dick Durbin, 68, is the U.S. Senate's second most-powerful Democrat




    Sen. Dick Durbin is reportedly gearing up for a 2014 re-election campaign.

    A source close to Illinois' senior senator on Friday confirmed a published report that Durbin has been telling top Democrats that he'll seek a fourth term.

    An attempt by NBC Chicago to reach the senator for confirmation and comment was unsuccessful, but a source said Durbin has said on multiple occasions that he is planning to run again in 2014.

    "I’m planning to run for re-election but I’ll make my final decision next year," Durbin said at last year's Democratic National Convention. "I love this business and I love this state and I’ll match my schedule with any elected official in our state. I cover it from one end to the other every time I get home. I draw energy from it. It really inspires me."

    Durbin, 68, is the U.S. Senate's second most-powerful Democrat, a position he's held since 2007. A successful re-election bid would put him in Washington through 2020.