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Roland W. Burris

AKA Roland Wallace Burris

Born: 8-Aug-1937
Birthplace: Centralia, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician, Attorney
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Illinois, 2009-10

Attorney and activist appointed by scandalized Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill Barack Obama's vacated senate seat. Supported 2009 economic stimulus, 2010 health care reform. Did not stand for election in 2010, and succeeded in Senate by Mark Kirk.

Father: Earl Burris
Mother: Emma
Wife: Berlean Miller (one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Rolanda S. Burris
Son: Roland W. Burris II

    High School: Centralia High School, Centralia, IL (1955)
    University: BA Political Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1959)
    Law School: JD, Howard University School of Law (1963)
    Law School: International Law, University of Hamburg (attended, one year)
    Administrator: Board of Directors, Howard University School of Law

    US Senator, Illinois (2009-10)
    Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP Of Counsel (2007-09)
    Burris, Wright, Slaughter & Tom LLC Of Counsel (2002-07)
    Buford & Peters LLC Of Counsel (1999-2002)
    Jones, Ware & Grenard Managing Partner (1995-98)
    Attorney General of Illinois (1991-95)
    Illinois State Official Comptroller (1979-91)
    Illinois State Official Dir., Central Management Services Dept. (1973-77)
    Operation PUSH National Executive Director (1976-77)
    Continental Illinois National Bank to VP (1964-76)
    US Treasury Department Bank Examiner (1963-64)
    Member of the Board of Inland Real Estate (1996-)
    African American Citizens Coalition on Regional Development
    Auditorium Theatre of Chicago Board of Directors
    Boy Scouts of America
    Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman (1985-89)
    Financial Accounting Foundation Trustee (1991-94)
    Freemasonry 32nd degree
    Illinois Criminal Justice Authority Board of Directors
    Jaycees
    Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois
    NAACP
    National Center for Responsible Gaming Board of Directors
    National Conference for Community and Justice Board of Directors
    Obama for America
    Obama for Illinois
    Urban League Chicago
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
    Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
    Funeral: Robert Byrd (2010)


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