|Assumed office |
January 4 2005
Serving with Richard Durbin
|Preceded by||Peter Fitzgerald|
Member of the Illinois State Senate
from the 13th district
January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
|Preceded by||Alice J. Palmer|
|Succeeded by||Kwame Raoul|
|Born||August 4 1961|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Alma mater||Columbia University,|
Harvard Law School
|Religion||Protestant Christian: (Trinity United Church of Christ)|
Born to a Kenyan father and an American mother, he spent most of his early life in Honolulu, Hawaii. From ages six to ten, he lived in Jakarta, Indonesia with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer, university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer before running for public office and serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. After an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2003.
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