In first speech since stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk advocates for LGBT anti-bias bill
November 4th, 2013
08:07 PM ET
6 months ago

In first speech since stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk advocates for LGBT anti-bias bill

Washington (CNN) - A Republican senator who suffered a debilitating stroke nearly two years ago spoke Monday on the Senate floor for the time since returning to the chamber.

In halting but clear speech, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois spoke briefly in favor of a bill that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender identity. The Senate is debating and voting on the bill, which is known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, this week.

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Bipartisan group of senators helped pave the way for a Senate deal
October 16th, 2013
06:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Bipartisan group of senators helped pave the way for a Senate deal

Washington (CNN) - Congressional approval ratings hovered at historic lows. Republican and Democrats hurled insults at each other and among themselves. The political circus in Washington even made its way to "Saturday Night Live: - in a sketch featuring Miley Cyrus, at that.

It seemed that nothing would break through the partisan stronghold that left Capitol Hill at a standstill in the weeks leading up to and during the partial government shutdown.

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Report: Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise
April 13th, 2013
07:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Report: Republican Sen. Collins will support Manchin-Toomey gun compromise

(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, became the second Republican senator not directly involved in negotiating a bipartisan background check measure to say she will support it, according to a report Saturday by NBC News.

She described the bill as a responsible compromise between two senators – Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia – who have strong ratings from the National Rifle Association, according to NBC. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, is expected to support the deal.
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Republican Sen. Kirk endorses same-sex marriage
April 2nd, 2013
12:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Republican Sen. Kirk endorses same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, a socially moderate Republican, announced on Tuesday his support for same-sex marriage, becoming the second Republican in the chamber to support it.

"Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage," he wrote in a statement. "Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back - government has no place in the middle."
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Aniston's special note to a senator
March 28th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Aniston's special note to a senator

(CNN) – Sen. Mark Kirk received well wishes from across the political spectrum after suffering a stroke in 2012, but on Thursday the Illinois Republican showed off a 'get well' note from far outside the Beltway.

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Obama charm offensive continues ahead of Hill visits
March 12th, 2013
09:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama charm offensive continues ahead of Hill visits

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called two more Republican senators Monday in advance of a high profile charm offensive on Capitol Hill this week, White House and Congressional officials have confirmed.

The president contacted freshman Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona to talk about the issue of immigration reform while another call to Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois focused on gun control and deficit reduction, "among other issues," according to a White House official.
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January 3rd, 2013
12:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Kirk makes emotional return to Capitol after stroke

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) made a triumphant return to the Senate Thursday, following a year's recuperation from a stroke.

Kirk, 53, emerged from a Capitol doorway to cheers and applause from fellow senators lined up to watch their colleague mount the steps leading the Senate chamber. He walked a little stiffly and with a cane, but was otherwise confident in negotiating the long set of stairs leading into the Capitol building.
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Sen. Mark Kirk planning dramatic return to Capitol after stroke
January 2nd, 2013
03:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Mark Kirk planning dramatic return to Capitol after stroke

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) will make a triumphant return to the Senate Thursday, following a year's recuperation from a stroke.

The senator's office said Kirk, 53, plans to climb up the steps of the Capitol building– a new milestone for a man who participated in intensive walking studies as part of his physical therapy.
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Sen. Kirk makes progress in recovery after stroke
July 27th, 2012
06:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Kirk makes progress in recovery after stroke

(CNN) – Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who suffered a severe stroke to the right side of his brain in January, said Friday that he has transitioned into a new phase of the recovery process.

"As I move into a new phase of outpatient rehabilitation for occupational and physical therapy, I will continue to work hard in order to further regain my strength," Kirk said in a statement.
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Sen. Kirk releases video of stroke rehab
May 8th, 2012
04:17 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen. Kirk releases video of stroke rehab

(CNN) – Nearly four months after suffering a severe stroke to the right side of his brain, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois released a web video showing his journey in learning how to walk again.

Thanking his doctors and supporters, Kirk said he hopes to soon "climb the 45 steps that my staff counted from the parking lot to the Senate front door" and "fight for the people of Illinois."
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