Legislative assignments: Committees on Health & Human Services (Chairperson); Judiciary; Local Government; Welfare.
Supports new opportunities for charter schools and other innovative models.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Obama earned the honor of being the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association.
Senator Obama is an 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.
Published a book in 1995 titled, "Dreams From My Father"
Endorsed by U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill. An aide said Evans’ endorsement will come with lobbying calls to union officials and with help in raising money. It also likely will help the Chicago legislator with voters in downstate Illinois.
Jackson stated, "For those who wonder if I’m interested in filling Sen. Fitzgerald’s seat, I am not. I remain honored to serve the people of the 2nd Congressional District and strongly support Barack Obama for U.S. Senate."
In Obama's State Senate race of the $146,545 in donations of at least $200 Obama raised in Chicago, nearly 40 percent came from city ZIP codes that were at least 70 percent white in 1990, according to the census. About 18 percent came from ZIP codes that were at least 70 percent black.
One of his hero's was a Republican - Abraham Lincoln
Endorsed by Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, 33, who said it was his first political endorsement.
Unsuccessfully tried to unseat Rep. Bobby Rush, the South Side Democrat in 2000. The congressman trounced him 61 percent to 30 percent.