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Burris resigned from Congress in November 2010.

Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.)

  • District: Junior Senator from Illinois
  • Residence: Chicago
  • Born: August 3, 1937; Centralia, Ill.
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Family: Wife, Berlean M. Burris; two children
  • Education: Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, B.A. 1959 (government); Howard U., LL.B. 1963
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: Sought Democratic nomination for Ill. House, 1968; Department of General Services director, 1973-77; sought Democratic nomination for Ill. comptroller, 1976; Ill. comptroller, 1979-91; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, 1984; Ill. attorney general, 1991-95; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 1994; independent candidate for mayor of Chicago, 1995; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 1998, 2002; U.S. Senate, 2009-present
  • Elected: Appointed: 2009 (1st term); Appointed by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, D, to replace Barack Obama, D, who was elected president
  • Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Personnel; Readiness & Management Support); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Disaster Recovery; Federal Financial Management; Oversight of Government Management); Veterans' Affairs
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State Information: Illinois

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotesPercent
2004generalBarack Obama (D)3,597,45670%
Alan Keyes (R)1,390,69027%
Albert Franzen (I)81,1641.6%
Jerry Kohn (LIBERT)69,2531.4%
1998generalPeter G. Fitzgerald (R)1,709,04150.3%
Carol Moseley-Braun (D)1,610,49647.4%
Don A. Torgersen (REF)74,7042.2%
Raymond W. Stalker (Write-In)280 
Vote For President
YearDemocratRepublicanIndependent
2008Barack Obama: 61.92%John McCain: 36.78%
2004John Kerry: 55%George W. Bush: 44%
2000Al Gore: 55%George W. Bush: 43%
1996Bill Clinton: 54%Robert Dole: 37%
1992Bill Clinton: 49%George H. W. Bush: 34%
1988Michael Dukakis: 49%George H. W. Bush: 51%
1984Walter F. Mondale: 43%:

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