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.