OBAMA, Barack, (1961 - )
Barack Obama United States Senator for Illinois Senator Barack Obama
(Large photo for printing - 2.2 MB) Barack Obama has dedicated his
life to public service as a community organizer, civil rights attorney,
and leader in the Illinois state Senate.
Obama now continues his fight for working families following his
recent election to the United States Senate. Sworn into office January
4, 2005, Senator Obama is focused on promoting economic growth and
bringing good paying jobs to Illinois.
serves on the important Environment and Public Works Committee,
which oversees legislation and funding for the environment and public
works projects throughout the country, including the national transportation
also serves on the Veterans ¹ Affairs Committee where he is focused
on investigating the disability pay discrepancies that have left
thousands of Illinois veterans without the benefits they earned.
Obama also serves on the Foreign Relations Committee. During his
eight years in the Illinois state Senate, Obama worked with both
Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by
creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which
in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families
across the state.
also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and
after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator
Obama enlisted the support of law enforcement officials to draft
legislation requiring the videotaping of interrogations and confessions
in all capital cases.
is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters,
Malia, 8 and Sasha, 5. Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in
1992 and live on Chicago ¹s South Side where they attend Trinity
United Church of Christ.
Obama was born on August 4th, 1961, in Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr.
and Ann Dunham. Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983,
and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church-based group seeking
to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with
crime and high unemployment. In 1991,
graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African
American president of the Harvard Law Review.