Obama Political Career/Business
1985-1988: Director of the Developing
Communities Project (DCP).
1991-2004: Taught at the University of Chicago
1992: Led Illinois's Project Vote,
which was a voter registration campaign
1993-1996: Attorney at Chicago law firm of
Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland
1995: Obama announced his candidacy for the
vacant 13th District (in Chicago) Illinois State Senate
seat. He won the Democratic nomination for this seat
1996: Elected to the Illinois State Senate from
the 13th district, defeating Harold Washington
Party candidate David Whitehead and first-time
Republican Party candidate Rosette Caldwell
Peyton. Obama won with 82% of the vote in this heavily
1997-2004: Served as a State Senator from the
Illinois 13th District.
1998: Re-elected to the State Senate, defeating
Republican Yesse Yehudah. Obama won with 89% of the
1999-2000: Obama ran for the Democratic
nomination for election to Illinois's 1st congressional
district. Obama was defeated by four-term incumbent
candidate Bobby Rush. Obama got only 31% of the vote.
2002: Obama spoke out at a large Chicago
anti-war rally in opposition to the agreement between
President Bush and Congress on the joint resolution
authorizing the Iraq War. Obama's opposition to the
Iraq War would be a major
point in his later election to the Senate and to the
2002: Obama won re-election to the Illinois
State Senate unopposed.
2003-2004: Obama campaigned for the open U.S.
Senate seat from Illinois. He won a heavily contested
Democratic primay election with 52% of the primary vote,
and went on to defeat Republican Alan Keyes by winning
70% of the vote. Keyes was a late entrant into the race,
being chosen by the Illinois Republican Party after the
hasty withdrawal of Congressman Jack Ryan after
embarassing details of his divorce from Star Trek:
Voyager actress Jeri Ryan became public.
2004: Barack Obama delivered the Keynote Speech
at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Mass. on
July 27, 2004. This speech electrified Democrats and
other liberals and launched the little-known Senate
candidate to national prominance.
2005-2008: Served as U.S. Senator from
2007-2008: Candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for
President of the United States in front of the Old State
Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. He defeated
several other Democrats in the Democratic Caucuses and
Primaries. His lengthy primary battles and numerous
debates with New York Senator Hillary Clinton helped
define him to a national audience.
2008: In the November election, Obama defeated
Arizona Senator John McCain. Obama won 365 electoral
votes to 173 for McCain, and Barack Obama won 52.9% of
the popular vote to McCain's 45.7%. Barack Obama became
the first African-American President of the United
2009-Present: President of the United
2012: Barack Obama was re-nominated by the
Democratic Party for the presidency.
2012: On October 3, 2012, Obama and his
Republican challenger, Mitt
Romney, met for the first of three presidential
November 6, 2012--President Obama and
Vice-President Joe Biden win second terms in the 2012
President Obama's 2012
Victory Speech in Chicago, November 6,