Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Tim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week MORE (Ill.) on Sunday signaled he will likely run for reelection, saying he is raising money and trying to lose weight ahead of a possible 2020 race for a fifth term.
“I can tell people that I’m raising money and trying to lose some weight, that’s usually the first indication that you’re up for reelection,” Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked about running for another term.
Speculation has swirled around Durbin’s possible retirement since Election Day.
He and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (N.Y.) were long seen as rivals to succeed former Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he’s cancer free White House gets jolt from strong jobs report Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump MORE (Nev.).
Schumer leapfrogged Durbin to become the Democratic leader and it was speculated that he might want to replace the Illinois lawmaker with a longtime ally, such as Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSheldon Whitehouse leads Democrats into battle against Trump judiciary Bill aims to help farmers sell carbon credits Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks MORE (D-Mich.), a former chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.
Durbin, however, has doggedly worked to push the Democratic message on the Senate floor and in media appearances. He also has emerged as an influential negotiator on issues under the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee such as immigration reform.
The No. 2-ranking Democrat in the Senate recently scored a major victory by spearheading the passage of criminal justice reform. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE signed the legislation into law Friday, one of the biggest bipartisan accomplishments of the 115th Congress.
He reported $1.68 billion in cash on hand in his campaign account at the end of September.
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