|U.S. Senator from Illinois|
From: November 29, 2010 – Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former U.S. Representative from Illinois's 10th District|
From: January 3, 2001 – November 29, 2010
|Spouse(s)||Kimberly Vertolli (2001-2009)(divorced)|
|Religion||United Church of Christ|
Mark Steven Kirk (born September 15, 1959) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois, having won the Senate seat once held by President Obama. A Republican, previously he represented Illinois's 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the House, Kirk was a member of the Appropriations Committee. Previously he was a Naval Reserve intelligence officer and served during conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia. Kirk has voted with a majority of his Republican colleagues 86% of the time during the current Congress. A liberal Republican, he received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and an 82% rating from the League of Conservation Voters. Kirk describes himself as someone who works to advance a suburban agenda that is "pro-defense, pro-personal responsibility, pro-environment, and pro-science." In reality, it is a leftist agenda. He was one of only eight House Republicans who voted for the cap and trade climate legislation. Kirk voted against the 2009 economic stimulus package.
Regardless of his campaign rhetoric, Kirk is very left-wing on numerous issues. He is very anti-Second Amendment; rivals leftist Democrats in his extremely strong support for the homosexual agenda; is a strong supporter for illegal immigration, "sanctuary cities", and amnesty for illegal immigrants; very strongly supports the legalized murder of unborn human beings; and supports confirming other leftists into the judiciary and executive branch; among other leftist positions.
For the 2016 elections, Kirk publically and strong opposed conservative businessman and Republican nominee Donald Trump. However, Kirk also made several controversial and silly statements, such as calling Senator Lindsey Graham a "bro with no ho."
Kirk has stated that "I always sought to be a representative of that moderate, Midwestern, practical, incremental, 'let's get 'er done' crowd of the American people" even though his leftist political positions, many of which were extreme fringe positions only a few decades prior, strongly suggest the opposite.
Kirk suffered a stroke on January 21, 2012, affecting the physical movement on his left side but not affecting his cognitive skills. He spent months in rehabilitation, and returned home in May 2012, but as of June, has not yet returned to the Senate. One perk Kirk receives as a senator is unlimited sick leave.
- Hawkins, Awr (December 16, 2014). Mark Kirk Abandons NRA, Second Amendment: Joins Dems to Confirm Anti-Gun Surgeon General. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Hawkins, Awr (August 22, 2016). Gabby Giffords Endorses Pat Toomy, Mark Kirk for Caving on Gun Control. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Huston, Warner Todd (April 1, 2015). IL Sen. Mark Kirk First Republican to Slam Mike Pence over Religious Freedom Law. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Will Mark Kirk once again be the only Republican to support sanctuary cities?. Illinois Review. July 6, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Boyle, Matthew (April 2, 2015). Sen. Mark Kirk Caves To Obama’s Executive Amnesty: Plans To Back Loretta Lynch For Attorney General. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- ALIPAC Endorses James Marter for US Senate against amnesty supporter Mark Kirk (R-IL). Illinois Conservative Examiner. February 3, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Burke, Cathy (June 27, 2016). Republican Sen. Kirk Praises SCOTUS Abortion Ruling. Newsmax. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Ertelt, Steven (November 8, 2016). Mark Kirk, Only Republican to Vote Against De-Funding Planned Parenthood, Loses Senate Race. LifeNews.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- LaBarbera, Peter (November 8, 2016). BREAKING: Pro-abort Republican Sen. Mark Kirk loses seat to Democrat. Lifesitenews.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Bilger, Micaiah (November 4, 2016). Only 5 Republicans in Congress are Pro-Abortion. One is Retiring and Democrats May Defeat Two Others. LifeNews.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- May, Caroline (February 22, 2016). Sen. Mark Kirk: Obama Supreme Court Nominee Due ‘Fair and Thorough Hearing’. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- May, Caroline (April 2, 2015). GOP Sen. Mark Kirk Announces Support for Loretta Lynch. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Swoyer, Alex (September 14, 2016). Republican Sen. Mark Kirk Launches Spanish Ad Declaring Opposition to Trump. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Key, Pam (June 16, 2016). GOP Sen Mark Kirk: Trump ‘Too Bigoted And Racist’ to Be President. Breitbart. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Rep. Tammy Duckworth Unseats Illinois Senator Mark Kirk. Breitbart. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Hot Mic: Mark Kirk Calls Lindsey Graham a ‘Bro With No Ho’. Breitbart. June 11, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Kelly, William J. (November 9, 2016). Despite Trump surge, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner blows it. Chicagonow.com. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
- Pearson, Rick (December 22, 2016). Sen Mark Kirk: The Republican Party has changed. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
- Mark Kirk details stroke recovery in video Madison, Lucy, May 8, 2012, cbsnews.com, retrieved June 29, 2012.
- A Senate Perk: Unlimited Sick Leave Ford, Quinn, April 2012, chicagomag.com, retrieved June 29, 2012