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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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

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; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 2002; U.S. Senate, 2009-10
Born: Aug. 3, 1937; Centralia, Ill.
Residence: Chicago
Religion: Baptist
Family: Wife, Berlean M. Burris; two children
Education: Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, B.A. 1959; Howard U., LL.B. 1963
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Appointed: 2009 (1st term)
Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Personnel; Readiness & Management Support); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Federal Financial Management; Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management); Veterans' Affairs

Election History
Roll Call Vitals


Illinois is 16th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.