Barack Obama By: Kiara Nelson
Early Life And Careers • Barack Hussein Obama II (pronounced born August 4, 1961) is the President-elect of the United States and the first African American to be elected President of the United States. Obama was the juniorUnited States Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned on November 16, 2008, following his election to the Presidency.
More About Obama…….. • He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003, won a primary victory in March 2004, and was elected to the Senate in November 2004. Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.
Democratic Member!!!!!! • As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds. He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel.
His Life And Memeries……. • Barack Obama was born at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii,to Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya, and Ann Dunham, a white American from Wichita, Kansas of mainly English, Irish and smaller amounts of German descent.His parents met in 1960 while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was a foreign student.The couple married February 2, 1961,they separated when Obama was two years old and subsequently divorced in 1964. Obama's father returned to Kenya and saw his son only once more before dying in an automobile accident in 1982.
Obama……. • President-elect of the United StatesTaking officeJanuary 20, 2009Vice PresidentJoe Biden (elect)SucceedingGeorge W. BushUnited States Senatorfrom IllinoisIn officeJanuary 4, 2005 – November 16, 2008Preceded byPeter FitzgeraldSucceeded byTBDMember of the Illinois Senatefrom the 13th districtIn officeJanuary 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004Preceded byAlice PalmerSucceeded byKwame RaoulBornAugust 4, 1961 ) (age 47)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.Birth nameBarack Hussein Obama IIPolitical partyDemocratic PartySpouseMichelle Obama (m. 1992)ChildrenMalia Ann (b. 1998)Sasha (b. 2001)ResidenceKenwood, Chicago, IllinoisAlma materColumbia UniversityHarvard Law SchoolProfessionAttorneyPoliticianReligionUnited Church of ChristSignatureWebsiteOffice of the President-ElectMore detailed articles about Barack Obama————————————Early life and career·(Family·Memoir)Illinois Senate careerU.S. Senate careerPresidential primaries·Obama–Biden 2008Policy positions·Public image
When Obama Was Elected….. • Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, succeeding State Senator Alice Palmer as Senator from Illinois' 13th District, which then spanned Chicago South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park-Kenwood south to South Shore and west to Chicago Lawn.Once elected, Obama gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws.He sponsored a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare. In 2001, as co-chairman of the bipartisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Obama supported Republican Governor Ryan's payday loan regulations and predatory mortgage lending regulations aimed at averting home foreclosures.