Durbin dodges choice leadership roles – Crain’s Chicago Business


Durbin dodges difficult choice on Senate leadership, by Marcus Gilmer

Dick Durbin

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D, IL) will no longer have to choose between chairing the Judiciary Committee or remaining the Democratic Whip in the Senate as a proposed rule change was rejected by the party. 

Brought by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D, RI), whom Durbin beat out for that Judiciary chair, the proposal would have prevented Dem senators from holding both a leadership role in the party and an in-demand committee chair. While the change wouldn’t be implemented until 2025, it still rankled Durbin as it was awfully similar to a proposal Whitehouse made in 2020. 

“He did this two years ago to me. Now he’s put Amy [Klobuchar, D, MN] and Debbie [Stabenow, D, MI] in the boat with me,” he told Politico earlier this week. “He does very well for himself. And yet he continues this campaign.”

Sen. Klobuchar chairs the Rules Committee while Sen. Stabenow chairs the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Well, Durbin, Klobuchar and Stabenow will keep all their leadership positions because, again per Politico, the Dems’ Senate caucus rejected the rule change in a secret ballot vote. So Illinois’ senior senator can rest easy–at least until 2024 when Whitehouse might try to test the “third time’s a charm” rule. 

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December 2, 2022 at 09:42AM

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