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Mark Kirk

Mark KirkAKA Mark Steven Kirk

Born: 15-Sep-1959
Birthplace: Champaign, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Congregationalist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Illinois

Military service: US Naval Reserve, to Commander (1989-)

Attorney and Congressional aide elected to five terms in US Congress beginning in 2000, succeeding his former boss, John Edward Porter. Elected to US Senate in 2010, succeeding Roland W. Burris and succeeded in Congress by Robert Dold. Centrist Republican; generally pro-abortion rights, pro-gay rights, anti-net neutrality. Supported 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, 2002 Iraq War resolution, 2005 Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), 2008 Wall Street bailout; opposed 2008 GM/Chrysler bailout, 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform.

Suggested in 2007 that providing free contraceptives for Mexicans could help slow the problem of illegal immigration to America. Falsely claimed on several occasions to have received the US Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year Award, apparently exaggerating the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award, presented in 2000 by a private group, the National Military Intelligence Association. The award was given to Kirk's entire Naval unit, the Intelligence Division Electronic Attack Wing at Aviano, Italy, but Kirk, who was lead intelligence officer for one of the unit's four squadrons, was not mentioned by name in the citation.

High school classmate of Rahm Emanuel.

Father: Francis Gabriel Kirk (farmer, b. 1933, d. 2008)
Mother: Judith Reeve
Mother: Beverly (stepmother)
Girlfriend: Virginia Hurt Johnson (attorney, dated 1990s)
Wife: Kimberly Vertolli-Kirk (Naval Intelligence Officer, b. 1974, m. 2001, div. 2009)

    High School: New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL (1977)
    University: Blackburn College
    University: Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico (attended)
    University: BA History cum laude, Cornell University (1981)
    University: MS Economics, London School of Economics (1982)
    Teacher: Milestone School, London, England (1982-83)
    Law School: JD, Georgetown University (1992)

    US Senator, Illinois (2010-)
    US Congressman, Illinois 10th (2001-10)
    Congressional Staff Counsel, International Relations Committee (1995-99)
    Baker & McKenzie Staff Attorney (1993-94)
    US State Department Ass't to Ass't Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (1992-93)
    World Bank International Finance Corporation (1990-91)
    Congressional Staff of Rep John Edward Porter (1984-90)
    National Defense Service Medal
    Navy Achievement Medal
    Navy Commendation Medal
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    Federation of Galaxy Explorers Advisory Board
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Leadership Institute Bi-Partisan Congressional Advisory Board
    National Endowment for Democracy
    National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
    Republican Main Street Partnership
    Bush Pioneer 2004 Ranger
    Stroke (21-Jan-2012)
    Irish Ancestry

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