Armed with 10,000 signatures, the maximum number allowed by law, Republican Mark Kirk became the newest candidate for U.S. Senate in the Feb. 2 primaries. He currently represents the 10th Congressional District located in the north suburbs of Chicago. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and is co-chairman of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group and the bipartisan House US-China Working Group.
According to his campaign Web site, "Congressman Kirk works to advance a suburban agenda that is pro-defense, pro-personal responsibility, pro-environment, and pro-science." While in Congress, Kirk wrote a number of provisions which became law, including funding for commuter rail, improving veteran's health care, ensuring military voting and boosting aviation security.
Kirk, who holds the rank of Commander, is a Naval Reserve intelligence officer and has served during conflicts with Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia. "He recently became the first member of Congress to serve in an imminent danger zone since 1942 when he deployed as a reservist to Afghanistan in December," according to the site.
He holds a Master's degree from the London School of Economics, a law degree from Georgetown and a B.A. from Cornell University.
It's reported that the five-term congressman has already raised $1.6 million over the past three months ($2.3 million total) as he campaigns to win the 2010 election.
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Campaign Site: http://www.kirkforsenate.com/