Mark Curran

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Mark C. Curran, Jr.

Born April 4, 1963
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democrat (before 2008)
Republican (2008 – present)
Occupation Attorney, sheriff
Religion Roman Catholic

Mark Cooney Curran, Jr. (born April 4, 1963 (age 59)) is an Illinois attorney and former Democrat who served as the sheriff of Lake County from 2006 to 2018. He unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate from the state in the 2020 election to challenge incumbent leftist Richard Durbin.

While serving as sheriff, he has prosecuted street gangs and made efforts to combat gang violence.[1]

Following the 2020 Leftwing insurrection, Curran wrote an op-ed for RCP calling for taking "politics out of policing".[2]

2020 Senate bid

See: 2020 United States Senate election in Illinois

Curran announced in August 2019 his run to unseat Sen. Dick Durbin.[3] Running in a deep blue state, the incumbent senator is expected to easily hold his seat.[4]

Republican primary

Curran won his party's primary election held in March 2020, defeating several opponents with a plurality of just over 40% of the vote.[5]


While mostly conservative, Curran supports DACA and applauded a Supreme Court ruling prevent the Trump Administration from ending the program.[6]

Curran faced strong criticism from Sen. Durbin after criticizing John Lewis' strong pro-abortion viewpoints following the latter's death.[7]


A debate for the upcoming election between Curran and Durbin was held in late September 2020 and hosted by the Daily Herald.[8]

General election

Curran lost to Durbin in the general election by thirteen percentage points.[9]


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