Senate Years of Service: 2005-2009
Born: Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 4, 1961
Education: Obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los Angeles; received a B.A. in 1983 from Columbia University, New York City; worked as a community organizer in Chicago, Ill.; studied law at Harvard University, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, and received J.D. in 1991; lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago.
Political experience: Member of the Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and served from Jan. 3, 2005, to Nov. 16, 2008, when he resigned from office, having been elected as the 44th President of the United States on Nov. 4, 2008.
Family: Michelle Robinson Obama, wife; daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7.
Religious affiliation: United Church of Christ
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