New Senator from Illinois
November 29th, 2010
08:55 AM ET
4 years ago

New Senator from Illinois

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Mark Kirk will become Illinois' newest Senator when he's sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on the Senate floor Monday.

His arrival brings the count in the Senate to 58 Democrats and 42 Republicans, creating another hurdle for Democrats facing a stacked legislative agenda.

The Navy Reserve intelligence officer penned an op-ed Monday in the "Chicago Tribune" where he called for bipartisan action to reduce spending, balance the budget and eliminate the use of earmarks. He said the "Spending Control Act" will be the first bill he introduces as Senator.

"Many in Washington want to continue the spend/borrow policy of the past," Kirk wrote. "They ignore the warning signs of more debt, taxes and inflation."

He also called for members of Congress to "cast aside the partisan differences and work across the aisle."

Kirk espoused the same ideas on the campaign trail where he repeatedly called for repeal of the new health care law, an end to congressional earmarks and the continuation of the Bush-era tax cuts.

The five-term congressman from suburban Chicago won a close race against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, to win the seat once held by President Obama. The seat was held the past two years by Democrat Roland Burris, who was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was ousted from office.

Kirk will now serve the final weeks of Obama's old term in the Senate as well as a full six-year term after that. Kirk's House seat will remain vacant until Republican Robert Dold is sworn in on January 5.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Poetic justice.

    November 29, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    More common sense is returning to the Senate after the Obama error tracked in so much mess.
    It's a charming plus that this Illinois seat was previously held by Obama.
    Let's keep up our hopes for more good news in the future.

    November 29, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Sareba

    52 Dems, 42 Repubs

    November 29, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Mid-Terms are about OLD PEOPLE and the RepubliCAN'Ts played on the SENIORS mind with FEAR and HATE OBAMA tactics. This will NOT WORK in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts are writing their obituary because they believe that this election in 2010 is about THEM ALONE!! It's NOT and they are going to find themselves in a TAIL SPIN kissing their own behinds!!

    I voted for President Obama and I have faith in him. He will continue to Move America Forward!! Many do not see it because they are BLIND and DEAF by the Fear-Mongers and NOISE-MAKERS out there (Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin, Bachmann, ginGRINCH, ROVER). Even if the TRUTH stares them in their face, they REFUSE to accept it for their own devious reasons!!

    November 29, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am sure that he will also vote for borrowing, spending and other things that some Americans don't want us to do as well.

    November 29, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. NVa Native

    The Dems have a SIXTEEN seat majority in the Senate and it is "another hurdle" for Dems?? So how screwed up is our government when you have this large of a majority and you can't do anything because the minority party refuses to do their job by saying "NO, we want our President to fail" on every issue.
    Repubs are the creepy old guy of the HOA board who thinks kids belong in some one else's neighborhood while he stairs at them out his window.

    November 29, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Yates

    Democrates could not even hold Obama's old Senate seat. So much for support from home.

    November 29, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Dave

    I will say this and then let it go forever. As a retired military person I am extremely disappointed in the people of Illinois. Kirk repeatedly lied about his military service and got away with it. Nobody held him accountable except for his opponent (certainly not the "patriots" of the tea party and the republicans) and now he is our senator (notice the small s). I still cannot figure out why he was not brought up on summary court martial by the Navy for these blatant lies. I can tell you that in my years of service I saw enlisted personal brought up for charges for lesser lies about their military service in the Army. That is the true shame.

    Kirk ran the most negative campaign I have ever seen. That is saying something coming from someone who has lived in Texas and now in Illinois. Those are two states that invented negative campaigning. I still don't know (and I wonder if he does) where he stands on issues important to Illinois voters. Maybe he just was pandering to the republican party and could have cared less about the rest of the Illinois voters; I don't know.

    Kirk needs to be careful. The state government of Illinois set a precedent in removing the Governor of Illinois. I don't think they will hesitate to remove him if he operates against the interests of the people of Illinois.

    November 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Dennis

    The closer the Senate gets to 50/50 the better. It will force compromise, which is not a bad thing.

    November 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Take America Back from the Libs

    It is going to be quite interesting to see how all the CNN Lib bloggers try to spin this; a Republican taking over Obambi's "always" Democratic seat.......uuummmm what will they say???? I know, it was Sarah Palin's nasty remarks along with that dirty ole Bush!
    Or, you may as well simply tell the truth; the Majority of Americans are sick and tired of Obambi's Liberal agenda, they do not like where he is trying to "push" this nation! We do NOT want our hard earned wealth distributed to people who did NOT EARN it!

    November 29, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Obama's old seat... SWEET!

    November 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |