BURRIS, Roland (1937-)
Senate Years of Service: 2009-2010

BURRIS, ROLAND, a Senator from Illinois; born in Centralia, Ill., August 3, 1937; B.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., 1959; J.D., Howard University, 1963; national bank examiner for comptroller of the currency, U.S. Treasury Department 1963-1964; bank executive; director, Illinois State Department of General Services 1973-1976; Illinois State comptroller 1978-1990, the first African American elected to statewide office in Illinois; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States senator in1984; Illinois State attorney general 1991-1995; trustee, Financial Accounting Foundation board 1991-1994; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1994, 1998, and 2002; practiced law in Chicago, Ill.; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate on December 31, 2008, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Barack Obama, but credentials were not in order until January 12, 2009; took the oath of office on January 15, 2009, and served from January 12, 2009, to November 29, 2010, a successor having been chosen in a special election; not a candidate for election to the unexpired portion of the term.

Southern Illinois University
Special Collections
Carbondale, IL
Papers: Ca. 2009-2010. Ca. 100 cubic feet. Correspondece, speeches, research files, drafts of legislation, electronic records, photographs, and artifacts. Topics include the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Health Care reform bill, and the Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act.

  • Burris, Roland W. The Man Who Stood Up to be Seated: A Controversial Appointment to the United States Senate, the Memoirs of Roland W. Burris. Colorado Springs: Hunter Heart Publishing, 2014.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Roland W. Burris, United States Senator, 2009-2010. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012.