Political Biography

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama


Barack Obama

Political Biography

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Barack Obama Political Career/Business Career/Connections

Party Affiliation: Democrat

1985-1988: Director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP).

1991-2004: Taught at the University of Chicago Law School

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 unopposed.

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 Democratic district.

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 vote.

1999-2000: Obama ran for the Democratic nomination for election to Illinois's 1st congressional district. Obama was defeated by four-term office-holder 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 Presidency.

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 Illinois

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 States.

2009-Present: President of the United States

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 debates.

November 6, 2012--President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden win second terms in the 2012 Presidential election.

President Obama's 2012 Victory Speech in Chicago, November 6, 2012


 Obama Speech on Race and Religion

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Obama and Biden

President Barack Obama with Vice-President Joe Biden


Barack Obama

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Barack Obama Personal Information:

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961 )

Barack Obama Family:

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (b. January 17, 1964; married October 3, 1992)



Malia Ann Obama (b, 1998)

Natasha "Sasha" Obama (b. 2002)



1983: B.A., Columbia University (New York City) ;majored in political science with a specialty in international relations

1991: J.D. Harvard Law School


Religion: Christian

Barack Obama Resources:

Does the Type of High School Attended by Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates Matter?


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