In 1965, Senator George Murphy (R-Calif.) originated the practice of keeping a supply of candy in his desk for his fellow senators. In every Congress since that time, the Candy Desk has been located in the back area of the Republican side, close to the Chamber's most heavily used entrance.
With candy making being a major industry in Illinois, Senator Kirk volunteered to take on the responsibility of stocking the Candy Desk during the 112th and 113th Congress to promote candy makers around the state. The Candy Desk featured sweets made in Illinois such as Mars, Milky Way, Jelly Belly and Snickers.
Sitting at the historic Candy Desk allowed Senator Kirk the opportunity to promote employment among Illinois candy makers who employ over 3,000 people. During the 114th Congress, the candy desk is being stocked by Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Families from Illinois are invited to stop by Senator Kirk's Washington, D.C., Office (524 Hart Senate Office Building) to get a taste of the Illinois candy he distributed from the desk.
Since 1965, the Senators who have supplied the desk include George Murphy (R-Calif.), Paul Fannin (R-Ariz.), Harrison Schmitt (R-N.M.), Roger Jepsen (R-Iowa), Steve Symms (R-Idaho), Slade Gorton (R-Wash.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jim Jeffords (R-Vt.), Bob Bennett (R-Utah), Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Craig Thomas (R-Idaho), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), George LeMieux (R-Fla.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
In the image below, the Candy Desk is denoted by the yellow desk location #95.