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Barack Obama Biography

44th President of the United States of America

November 4th, 2008, was election day for the 44th Presidency of the the United States. Barack Obama was the clear winner of the election. Joseph Biden became Vice President.
On January 20, 2009, (Inauguration Day) Barack Obama was into office.

Barack 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, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

Barack Obama has dedicated his life to public service as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, and leader in the Illinois state Senate. Obama continues his fight for working families following his election to the United States Senate.

The years in the Senate

Obama was member of the Illinois State senate from 1997 - 2004.
Sworn into office January 4, 2005, Senator Obama serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which oversees our nation’s health care, schools, employment, and retirement programs.
He is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, which plays a vital role in shaping American policy around the world, including our policy in Iraq.
And Senator Obama serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which is focused on providing our brave veterans with the care and services they deserve.
In 2005 and 2006, he served on the Environment and Public Works Committee, which safeguards our environment and provides funding for our highways.

During his 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. Obama 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.


Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters, Malia, 9 and Sasha, 6. Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in 1992 and live on Chicago’s South Side where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ.


OBAMA, Barack, a Senator from Illinois (since term 2005)
  • born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961;
  • obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii;
  • continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif., and Columbia University, New York City;
  • studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1992;
  • lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago; member, Illinois State senate 1997-2004;
  • elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004 for term beginning January 3, 2005.

Senator Barack Obama, 2007
Senator Barack Obama, 2007



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