NAME: Mark Kirk
AGE: 52; born Sept. 15, 1959.
HOME: Highland Park, Ill.
FAMILY: Divorced, no children
EDUCATION: Law degree, Georgetown University; master’s in international business, London School of Economics; bachelor’s in history, Cornell University.
EXPERIENCE: Elected to U.S. Senate in 2010; Elected to U.S. House in 2000; previously served as counsel to the House International Relations Committee and staffer at the State Department; chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Porter 1987-1990.
MILITARY: Commissioned as Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1989; Currently holds the rank of Commander.
QUOTE: “I think the first mark of leadership is to listen. If you truly listen, you may come to a new view.”