Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

democrat born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Residence:Chicago, IL
  • Religion:Christian
  • First Elected:2004

Political experience:

  • U.S. senator from Illinois, 2005-present
  • Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Member, Senate Commitee on Veterans' Affairs
  • Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Illinois state senator, 1997-2004

Undergraduate education: Columbia University

  • Major:Political Science and International Relations
  • Degree:BA
  • Location:New York, NY

Graduate education: Harvard University

  • Major:Law
  • Degree:JD
  • Location:Cambridge, MA

Work experience:

  • Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1993-2004


  • Earned J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991
  • Earned B.A. from Occidental College and Columbia University in 1983


He and his wife, Michelle, were married on Oct. 18, 1992; they have two daughters -- Malia Ann and Sasha.


Barack Obama - new president
Change has come to America

November 4, 2008
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was elected the nation's first black president Tuesday night in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.

Veep Hunt Tops To-Do List for Obama, McCain
June 7, 2008
Finding a running mate tops the summer to-do lists of John McCain and Barack Obama, and each needs to decide what he wants as much as who he wants.

Poll: Obama Leads McCain by Slight Margin
June 6, 2008
If Nader, the independent, is not included, Obama's lead is 49 percent to 46 percent. About one in five voters say they may change their minds. Four in 10 Democrats say Hillary Rodham Clinton should stay in the race until the party's August convention.

Obama, Hillary Hold Private Meeting
June 5, 2008
WASHINGTON - Likely U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton were meeting privately on Thursday night at her home in Washington, news media reported.

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