Senator Dick Durbin was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 after representing central and southern Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years. Today, Dick serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader (also known as the Democratic Whip) — the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate—and on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, and Rules Committees.

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  Jon Tester & Sherrod Brown · [email protected]
November 20, 2023 at 4:31 PM

The Big Sky Buckeye Fund

Become a Founding Donor today Hi John — Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown here. We’re reaching out today because we’re in the middle of the two most competitive Senate campaigns, and we need your help to win. We’re not the typical politicians you’d expect to see every day in the Senate. One of us is …
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
November 16, 2023 at 5:19 PM

2024 is already heating up

Last week, Senator Durbin told you what to expect. John, Last week, Senator Durbin reached out with a 2024 briefing to share his priorities for next year’s elections. Republican political games are only going to increase over the next 12 months. The House is already run by MAGA extremists and Mi…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
November 11, 2023 at 5:01 PM

Add your name: confirm military appointments

As we observe Veterans Day, I want to share a few updates on Senate Democrats’ recent work for veterans and service members. John, As we observe Veterans Day, I want to share a few updates on Senate Democrats’ recent work for veterans and service members – and ask you to lend your voice. First,…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
November 9, 2023 at 8:38 PM

2024 briefing inside ⬇️

As we mark one year to the 2024 election, I want to lay out my two biggest electoral priorities: John, this week, as we mark one year to the 2024 election, I want to lay out my two biggest electoral priorities: Twenty-three of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs in November are held by Democrats o…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
November 6, 2023 at 9:53 PM

Add your name: Stand up for gun safety

The United States has suffered 597 mass shootings so far this year. John, The United States has suffered 597 mass shootings so far this year. The unfortunate reality is that millions of Americans live in fear of being gunned down while getting groceries, going to work, or having a simple outing …
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
November 5, 2023 at 9:00 PM

A year from today, everything will be put on the line.

The Election Day countdown is on. John, the Election Day countdown is on. In 2020 and 2022, Democrats defied expectations and overpowered the GOP by securing the Senate majority. We’ve made incredible progress, John. We listened and delivered, passing pivotal legislation around issues that ac…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
October 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Here’s something scary

We can stop this scary story from becoming reality—but it will take each and every one of us. John, Are you ready for a scary story? A GOP Senate majority with Mitch McConnell as leader. That would put all of our progress at risk—like historic investments to fight the climate crisis, the creati…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
October 30, 2023 at 5:34 PM

Stop GOP chaos from taking over the Senate

Help counter Republican in-fighting and extremism with your crucial support. John, I have an important message to share with you.  We just watched House Republicans spend 22 days trying to elect a House Speaker. This internal turmoil is a glaring example of what could happen if Republicans take …
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
October 29, 2023 at 4:01 PM

Here’s what’s next:

Keeping the Senate blue is more important than ever to protect against this new wave of MAGA extremism. John,  We need your help to reach our end-of-month fundraising goals—here’s why: First: Republicans nearly shut down the government last month, putting our economy and national security at ri…
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
October 27, 2023 at 3:59 PM

“Senate tilting red”

John, With the 2024 election coming closer and closer, our country is at a pivotal point. Experts are starting to predict that a little over a year from now our country could make a complete 180. This is not good news, John—but it’s not too late to get back on track. We need your help to prote…
  Durbin HQ · [email protected]
October 10, 2023 at 4:46 PM

Your voice matters (add your name)

John, Republicans in the House may be in disarray, but Senate Democrats are staying focused on delivering results. With three months left in the year, Senator Durbin wants to hear from you, John, about the legislative priorities that matter most to you. Take just a few minutes to share your inp…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
October 9, 2023 at 6:35 PM

Why I joined the picket line

John, On Friday, I joined the striking United Auto Workers on the picket line in Chicago. Labor movements like UAW helped build the middle class. Now, they’re using their power to help strengthen it for generations to come—and I’m proud to stand alongside them. These workers are making simple d…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
October 6, 2023 at 5:01 PM

“For Supreme Court, ethics have become the elephant in the courtroom”

Will you add your name to my petition? “For Supreme Court, ethics have become the elephant in the courtroom” - The Washington Post John, The Supreme Court began a new term this week—without a code of conduct in place. We have seen allegations of serious ethical violations come to light over the …
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
October 3, 2023 at 2:33 PM

Let’s support a Senator that really lives in PA

John, can I take a moment to share with you a cause that’s close to my heart and crucial for our Senate majority? Bob Casey, one of my close colleagues, is running for re-election in Pennsylvania—where Mitch McConnell’s handpicked opponent just launched his campaign against Bob. Not only does G…
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
September 30, 2023 at 10:00 PM

we’re counting on your support

Meeting these benchmarks is essential to keeping Democrats like Senator Durbin in Washington. John, Our September FEC deadline is only hours away and we’re still a bit short of our goal. Meeting these benchmarks is essential to keeping Democrats like Senator Durbin in Washington, fighting to pu…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 30, 2023 at 3:15 PM

I’m asking

We need 811 more people to help us protect the Senate majority. John, You’ve heard from me already about this September FEC deadline, so by now you know how important it is that we meet our goal. The filing deadline is tonight at midnight and my team just informed me that we only need 811 more …
  [email protected] · [email protected]
September 29, 2023 at 4:01 PM

Your end-of-quarter supporter record

John, Tomorrow is September 30—the FEC filing deadline for this quarter. Senator Durbin reached out to tell you about our $20,000 goal. We’re making progress, but still need more support to help us close the gap and hit this grassroots goal. FEC FILING DEADLINE SUPPORTER RECORD Supporter: Joh…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 28, 2023 at 6:01 PM

Can I ask you, John?

Mitch McConnell is hand-picking candidates across the country to take back the Senate majority. John, can I have one minute? Here’s the deal: Republicans won’t stop until this country is in complete disarray. Mitch McConnell is hand-picking candidates across the country to take back the Senate…
  Durbin HQ · [email protected]
September 27, 2023 at 4:16 PM

The power of $19.66

John, $19.66. That’s the average Team Durbin donation from the past few months. With our end-of-quarter fundraising deadline just days away, we have an important request: will you please match that average donation and help us reach our $20,000 goal? Your donations—no matter the amount—help pro…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 26, 2023 at 2:31 PM

I need to tell you something, John

The GOP chooses chaos instead of compromise every chance they get. I need to tell you something, John. Fundraising for Democrats is down across the board. Unfortunately, the GOP’s attacks haven’t slowed down to match. Democrats were only able to protect and expand our Senate majority last year b…
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
September 24, 2023 at 6:28 PM

Here’s what Republicans are risking

“The House GOP is trapped in a cycle of self-sabotage.” - Axios, 9/19 John, House Republicans are only days away from shutting down the government. Instead of working together to deliver a plan that puts working people first, the GOP is choosing political games and drama instead. If Republicans…
  Nikki Budzinski · [email protected]
September 21, 2023 at 3:19 PM

Senator Durbin and I are full steam ahead

We’re working hard for Illinois families. Hi John,  I'm the representative from Illinois’ 13th district, Nikki Budzinski. With the quarter winding down, Senator Durbin asked me to reach out and tell you a bit about why your support is so important to powering our work in Congress. In a moment, …
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 20, 2023 at 2:11 PM

Our majority could hinge on one seat, John

Don’t let the GOP replace Tim with a MAGA loyalist. Here’s the truth, John: Our Senate majority could hinge on one seat in 2024 so we can’t take the race in Virginia for granted. Will you pitch in to re-elect my friend Tim Kaine and keep the Senate blue? Being a U.S. Senator is an important job,…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 18, 2023 at 5:20 PM

Ohio is critical to our Democratic majority

A blue Senate is riding on this race: John, as we gear up for the upcoming election season, I want to bring your attention to Sherrod Brown’s campaign in Ohio—a race that is critical to keeping our Senate majority. Will you make a donation right now to re-elect Sherrod Brown and keep the Senat…
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
September 15, 2023 at 3:01 PM

Is your support on the record this month?

Take a look at this, John: SEPTEMBER SUPPORTER RECORD Supporter: John September Grassroots Donor Status:  You haven’t contributed yet this month. Will you donate now? John, Senator Durbin reached out yesterday about our September goal. It’s the middle of the month, and one of the most conse…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 14, 2023 at 4:37 PM

This essential deadline is almost here:

We can’t let the MAGA GOP outraise us this quarter. John, With the FEC’s end-of-quarter deadline at the end of the month, we can’t afford to fall behind and let the MAGA GOP outraise us this quarter. Help hold the Senate: contribute $5 now. If you've saved your payment information with ActBlue …
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 13, 2023 at 6:27 PM

Jacky Rosen and Jon Tester

Democrats need to win in Nevada and Montana. John, There are a lot of important races in the upcoming election, but today I want to tell you about two that are on my radar due to their integral role in protecting Democrats’ Senate majority. In 2018, Jacky Rosen won the Nevada Senate race with ju…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 10, 2023 at 8:45 PM

A cleaner environment can’t wait (sign on)

Support the Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act. John, Every year, millions of tons of plastic pellet pollution finds its way into our rivers, lakes, and oceans, damaging our environment and irreparably harming ecosystems across the country. Add your name now to support my efforts to stop plastic pol…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
September 8, 2023 at 3:30 PM

Critical update on Tammy Baldwin’s race

These 20,000 votes could ensure Democratic victory in 2024. John, In a moment, I’m going to ask you to donate to re-elect my friend Tammy Baldwin. But first, I wanted to share a few facts about Wisconsin and why it’s crucial to our Senate majority: - Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes helped decide …
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
September 6, 2023 at 4:40 PM

Add your name to protect reproductive rights

After the fall of Roe, the GOP is working to decimate abortion care even further. John, For decades, far right conservatives worked to strike down Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion care. Last summer, the Supreme Court granted their wish and ov…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 31, 2023 at 9:20 PM

a personal note for John

I’ll keep this one short. Our end-of-month deadline is at midnight tonight so I’ll keep this short, John: I know I can always count on this team to step up in a big way, whether it’s supporting our Democratic candidates or contributing to worthy causes here in Illinois and across the globe. Righ…
  Durbin HQ · [email protected]
August 30, 2023 at 4:30 PM

August supporter record (action requested)

we’re so close to reaching our goal AUGUST SUPPORTER RECORD GRASSROOTS DONOR: No, not yet SUGGESTED ACTION: Make your first donation this month to help Senator Durbin close the gap on our August fundraising goal and keep the Senate blue. John, Senator Durbin wrote to you yesterday about our …
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 29, 2023 at 2:01 PM

This is our plan to close the gap:

I’m confident we can reach this goal together. John, As summer comes to a close, I want to thank this team for sticking with me in the fight. With so much going on, it can be easy to tune out what’s happening in Washington. But each of you understands what’s at stake and why we can’t let our fun…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 25, 2023 at 6:50 PM

Add your name to protect Social Security

Don’t let the GOP threaten this vital program. John, This month in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law. Today, 88 years later, Social Security is still providing a crucial financial lifeline for millions of Americans. Now, some Republicans are advancing proposal…
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
August 22, 2023 at 3:11 PM

Axios: “Brutal Senate map” for Dems in 2024

We can’t take anything for granted, John. John, If you want to know the state of the 2024 Senate race, just look at some of the recent coverage. According to Axios: “Democrats are facing a historically difficult Senate map next year” and “Republicans are licking their chops at an enviable outloo…
  Durbin HQ · [email protected]
August 20, 2023 at 5:14 PM

POLITICO: ‘The political economy may have just hit its recession’

Here’s what we can do about it >> John, Recent analysis from POLITICO found that small-dollar political donations are down across the board. Democratic campaigns at every level, from local to presidential, are feeling the slump. This may sound like bad news, but where some see a challenge,…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 18, 2023 at 3:45 PM

Jacky Rosen and Tammy Baldwin

Keep these Democratic women in the Senate. John, The U.S. Senate has come a long way over the years when it comes to representation. But let’s be honest: there are only 25 women in a body of 100 Senators, and that’s not good enough. We need to grow the number of women serving in the Senate – and…
  Team Durbin · [email protected]
August 15, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Your record

This is your chance to make an impact John, AUGUST SUPPORTER RECORD Supporter: John August Grassroots Donor Status: You haven’t contributed yet this month. Will you donate now? The summer is coming to a close, but elections around the country are heating up. MAGA Republicans have made their …
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 14, 2023 at 4:48 PM

I take my role seriously

As Senators, we have a responsibility. John, As Senators, we have a responsibility to do our part to uphold the promise of the American dream. There’s no denying that the dream has evolved over the years, but much has remained constant: the opportunity for upward mobility, freedom, and equality…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 11, 2023 at 5:12 PM


Our Hawaiian friends need our support right now. John, A little more than ten years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful state of Hawaii with my friends and colleagues, Hawaii Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz. It is almost difficult to describe a place like Hawaii and its extr…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
August 10, 2023 at 2:50 PM

July was the hottest month ever recorded in our planet’s history

John, climate action can’t wait. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: July 2023 Is Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth BLOOMBERG: This Year Is Already on Track to Be the Hottest Ever Recorded CNN: Global heat in ‘uncharted territory’ as scientists warn 2023 could be the hottest year on record These are not the…
  Durbin HQ · [email protected]
August 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The results are in

Here are the issues you care about most: John, We recently sent our online supporters a survey about the pressing issues we’re facing today. We wanted to report back and let you know what issues made it to the top of the list—and what Senator Durbin is doing in Washington to make progress in the…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
July 31, 2023 at 3:10 PM

Can I count on you?

This is a short email with a big impact. I promise I’ll be brief, John: The clock is ticking on our July deadline and we’re still a bit shy of this month’s goal. I’m setting a flash fundraising goal of $5,000 before midnight tonight to keep us on track and make sure the GOP can’t blunt our momen…
  [email protected] · [email protected]
July 30, 2023 at 4:54 PM

We can’t slow down

We need your help before the deadline. John, We’re closing the books on our July fundraising tomorrow at midnight and we haven’t met our goal yet. But here’s the good news: we’re within striking distance. We can definitely get there if grassroots supporters like you join us and make a contributi…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
July 30, 2023 at 12:34 AM

Republicans are watching and waiting

Will you help me protect our Democratic majority? Let me be frank with you, John: Once again, we’re at the end of the month and we’ve got a bit of a shortfall to make up for our July fundraising goal. That’s why I am turning to you and this grassroots team, because I know you will always have my…
  Durbin HQ · [email protected]
July 27, 2023 at 3:57 PM

Take our summer survey →

Senator Durbin wants to hear from you. John, This summer, Senator Durbin has been hard at work in Washington, taking steps toward Supreme Court ethics reform, advocating for an end to the federal death penalty, and confirming a record number of President Biden’s diverse, qualified judicial nomin…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
July 26, 2023 at 6:00 PM

End the death penalty (sign on now)

Support our legislation to stop capital punishment. “The death penalty experiment has failed. I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.” — Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, 1994 John, In 2000, the then-Governor of Illinois shocked the nation and declared a statewide moratorium o…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
July 19, 2023 at 8:21 PM

Tomorrow’s vote on Supreme Court ethics reform

Make your voice heard >>> John, We have an important vote tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chief Justice John Roberts failed to act on a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices—even in the midst of a wave of headlines about alleged misconduct. So our Committee will mark up…
  Dick Durbin · [email protected]
July 18, 2023 at 8:53 PM

The GOP is aiming to flip this seat red...

…but we can stop the Republican Senate takeover. John, When I go to work in Washington, the people back home in Illinois are at the front of my mind. But I’ll tell you, any job is better with good coworkers, and that’s exactly what Tim Kaine is. Not only have we built a genuine friendship over t…
  Senator Dick Durbin · [email protected]
July 15, 2023 at 3:00 PM

This is the honest truth:

I can’t do any of this on my own. John, When I flew back this week from an official trip overseas, I made the same trek my grandmother and mother did years ago when they came from Lithuania to the United States, pursuing a better life. I couldn’t help thinking about the promise of America that l…