Roland Burris facts for kids
|United States Senator
January 12, 2009 – November 29, 2010
|Appointed by||Rod Blagojevich|
|Preceded by||Barack Obama|
|Succeeded by||Mark Kirk|
|39th Attorney General of Illinois|
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
|Preceded by||Neil Hartigan|
|Succeeded by||Jim Ryan|
|3rd Comptroller of Illinois|
January 8, 1979 – January 14, 1991
|Governor||James R. Thompson|
|Preceded by||Michael Bakalis|
|Succeeded by||Dawn Clark Netsch|
Roland Wallace Burris
August 3, 1937
Centralia, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (BA)
Howard University (JD)
In 1978, Burris was the first African-American elected to statewide office in Illinois, when he was elected Illinois Comptroller. He served in that office until his election as Illinois Attorney General in 1990. Since then, he has unsuccessfully run for office four more times.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illinois. The appointment was controversial, as the governor was already under investigation and there were rumors of him being paid for the appointment. Prior to Burris's appointment, Obama was the U.S. Senate's only African American member; Obama resigned his Senate seat after being elected President of the United States.
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