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Senate leader Durbin to speak at N.C. Dems dinner

Posted April 13, 2010 2:16 p.m. EDT

— U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin will be the keynote speaker at the North Carolina Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on April 24, officials announced Tuesday.

Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and now serves as majority whip for the Democrats in the Senate. A political mentor and close friend to President Barack Obama, he was the first senator to endorse Obama, who was then the junior senator from Illinois, in his 2008 run for president.

“We are extremely honored to have Sen. Durbin joining us,” North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman David Young said in a statement. “He has fought tirelessly for working families and to improve public health throughout his distinguished career. Now, as the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, he is at the forefront of our party’s legislative efforts.”

Gov. Beverly Perdue, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan are also expected to attend the dinner.

The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner will be held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.