Roland Burris

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Roland W. Burris
Burris in January 2009
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
December 31, 2008 – November 29, 2010
Appointed by Rod Blagojevich
Preceded by Barack Obama
Succeeded by Mark Kirk
39th Illinois Attorney General
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
Governor Jim Edgar
Preceded by Neil Hartigan
Succeeded by Jim Ryan
3rd Illinois Comptroller
In office
January 8, 1979 – January 14, 1991
Governor James R. Thompson
Preceded by Michael Bakalis
Succeeded by Dawn Clark Netsch
Personal details
Born August 3, 1937 (1937-08-03) (age 77)
Centralia, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Berlean M. Burris
Children Rolanda S. Burris
Roland W. Burris II
Residence Chatham, Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Howard University School of Law (J.D.)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale (B.A.)
Profession Attorney, former financial executive
Religion Baptist

Roland Wallace Burris (born August 3, 1937)[1] is an American politician. He was a United States Senator from the state of Illinois. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

In 1978, Burris was the first African-American elected to statewide office in Illinois, when he was elected Illinois Comptroller. He was in that office until his election as Illinois Attorney General in 1990. Since then, he has unsuccessfully run for office four more times.[2]

Burris was born on August 3, 1937 in Centralia, Illinois. He studied at Centralia High School, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, at the University of Hamburg in Germany, and at Howard University School of Law.

Burris is married to Berlean Miller. They have two children. He has lived in Chicago, Illinois since the 1980s. He built his own tomb at the Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bell, Debra (January 5, 2009). "10 Things You Didn't Know About Roland Burris". U.S. News & World Report. http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/politics/2009/01/05/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-roland-burris.html.
  2. Slevin, Peter (February 19, 2009). "Clouds Gather Over Roland Burris". The Washington Post: p. A01. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/18/AR2009021802475.html. ""He wanted to end his career with a statewide office", said friend, traveling companion and WVON radio host Cliff Kelley, who recalled Burris becoming upset when others were mentioned as potential Obama successors and he was not. "He really wanted this. He never thought he'd get it, but he was hoping for it.""
  3. "You write the caption: Roland Burris' tombstone". Chicago Sun Times. January 8, 2009. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1356758,w-roland-burris-tombstone.article. Retrieved January 15, 2009.

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