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Barack Obama, D-Chicago, is the Illinois State Senator for the 13th State Senate District, representing areas of Chicago’s South Side.

He was overwhelmingly elected to a second term in office on November 3, 1998. That term runs from January 1999 to January 2003. He serves on three State Senate committees: Judiciary, Public Health and Welfare, and Revenue. He is the Democratic Spokesman on the Public Health and Welfare Committee.

As a chief negotiator on crime legislation, Senator Obama made sure that $30 million was inserted into the state budget for juvenile crime prevention.  He is also the sponsor of legislation to give out grants for after-school programs.  As a member of the Senate Rvenue Committee, Senator Obama led the successful fight for legislation that made Illinois’ tax system more fair by reducing state income taxes on the middle class and working families.  And Senator Obama is chief sponsor of the Bernardin Ammendment, which guarantees health insurance and health care for every person in Illinois.

Working with Senator Paul Simon in 1998, Senator Obama was one of only four legislators who crafted and passed Illinois’ toughest-ever campaign finance reform law. He played a key role in landmark welfare reform legislation in 1997 that empowers many Illinoisans to go into the workforce.

Senator Obama received his BA in Political Science from Columbia University. He spent five years working as a community organizer, first in Harlem, then in Chicago.

In 1988, Senator Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School. There he served as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.

In 1992, Senator Obama served as Illinois Executive Director of PROJECT VOTE!, an effort that added over 100,000 newly registered voters in Illinois.

In 1993, Senator Obama was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of "40 under 40" outstanding young leaders in the City of Chicago. He is the recipient of the 1995 Legal Eagle Award from IVI-IPO for his work in bringing Illinois into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (Motor-Voter). His commentaries have been heard on National Public Radio and published in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, which was published by Random House in August 1995.

Senator Obama works as a civil rights attorney with the firm Miner, Barnhill and Galland. He is also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches constitutional law.

In addition, Senator Obama serves on the boards of several organizations including: the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (Chairman), the Joyce Foundation, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and Public Allies. He is a member of the Cook County Bar Association.

Senator Obama is married to Michelle Obama and they have one daughter, Malia Ann Obama.


Senator Barack Obama
13th District Senate Office
1741 East 71st Street

Chicago, Illinois 60649

Office Phone: (773) 363-1996


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Illinois State

Springfield Capitol Office:

Room 105B
Capitol Building
Springfield, Illinois  62706 

Office Phone: (217) 782-5338


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