Barack Obama Illinois State Senate Biography

Years served: 1997 – Present

Legislative assignments: Committees on Health & Human Services (Chairperson); Welfare; Sen. Comm. Whole.

Biography: Attorney; born Aug. 4, 1961, in Hawaii; bachelor’s degree, Columbia University, NY, 1983; graduate, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, 1991; chair, The Chicago Annebery Challenge; board member, Woods Fund of Chicago; “40 under 40” award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993; married (wife, Michelle).