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Sen. Barack Obama

POSTED: September 07, 2008, 7:06 am

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Hon. Barack Obama
U.S. Senate
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Ph: 202-224-2854
Fx: 202-228-4260

John C. Kluczynski
Federal Office Building
230 South Dearborn Street
Suite 3900 (39TH Floor)
Chicago, IL 60604
Ph: 312-886-3506
Fx: 312-886-3514

Springfield Office

607 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Ph: 217-492-5089
Fx: 217-492-5099

Marion Office

701 North Court Street
Marion, IL 62959
Ph: 618-997-2402
Fx: 618-997-2850
Moline Office

1911 52nd Street
Moline, IL 61265
Ph: 309-736-1217
Fx: 309-736-1233

Chief of Staff

Pete Rouse
Legislative Director

Christopher Lu

Barack Obama has dedicated his life to public service as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, and leader in the Illinois state Senate. Obama now continues his fight for working families following his election to the United States Senate.

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Sworn into office January 4, 2005, Senator Obama serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which oversees our nation’s health care, schools, employment, and retirement programs. He is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, which plays a vital role in shaping American policy around the world, including our policy in Iraq. And Senator Obama serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which is focused on providing our brave veterans with the care and services they deserve. In 2005 and 2006, he served on the Environment and Public Works Committee, which safeguards our environment and provides funding for our highways.

During his eight years in the Illinois state Senate, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. Obama also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama enlisted the support of law enforcement officials to draft legislation requiring the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters, Malia, 9 and Sasha, 6. Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in 1992 and live on Chicago’s South Side.

Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961, in Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham. Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983, and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. In 1991, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

Source: U.S. Senate


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