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Roland Wallace Burris Children Residence Alma mater Rolanda S. Burris Roland W. Burris II Chatham, Chicago, Illinois Howard University School of Law (J.D.) Southern Illinois University Carbondale (B.A.) Attorney, former financial executive Baptist

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United States Senator from Illinois Incumbent Assumed office December 31, 2008 Serving with Dick Durbin Preceded by Barack Obama

39th Illinois Attorney General In office January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995 Governor Preceded by Succeeded by Jim Edgar Neil Hartigan Jim Ryan

3rd Illinois Comptroller In office January 8, 1979 – January 14, 1991 Governor Preceded by Succeeded by Born Nationality Political party Spouse James R. Thompson Michael Bakalis Dawn Clark Netsch August 3, 1937 (1937-08-03) Centralia, Illinois American Democratic Berlean M. Burris

Roland Wallace Burris (born August 3, 1937)[1] is the junior United States Senator from the state of Illinois, and a Democrat. He is the third Black U.S. Senator from Illinois, after Carol Moseley Braun and Barack Obama. Burris is currently the only AfricanAmerican in the U.S. Senate. Burris was appointed by Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to replace Obama, who resigned after he was elected President of the United States.[2] Blagojevich and Burris are both subjects of ethics probes.[3] In 1978 he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Illinois, when he was elected Illinois Comptroller. He served in that office until his election as Illinois Attorney General in 1990. Since then, he has run for office four more times unsuccessfully.[4] Calls for Burris’s resignation from the Senate began after allegations were made that he had lied under oath about his contacts with associates of Blagojevich prior to his appointment.[5] The Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s office and the Senate Ethics Committee are each investigating whether Burris perjured himself in his testimony before an Illinois House of Representatives committee in connection with the Blagojevich impeachment proceedings.

Personal life
Burris was born and raised in the small community of Centralia in southern Illinois.[1] The Burris family can trace their roots to American slaves in the American South,


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mainly in the states of Georgia and Tennesse.[6] He was a 1955 graduate of Centralia High School. He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1959.[1] He was an exchange student on scholarship to study International Law at the University of Hamburg in Germany. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law in 1963.[1] Burris is married to Berlean M. Burris and is the father of two adult children, Rolanda S. Burris, and Roland W. Burris II.[1][7] He also has a grandson, Roland T. Burris. Burris has built a mausoleum for himself and his family in Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side. His tombstone proclaims, "Trail Blazer," and includes a list of his accomplishments, with space left for future ones.[8][9] Senator Burris is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established by African Americans.

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since Gary, Indiana Mayor Richard Hatcher, who had served as the campaign manager for presidential candidate Jesse L. Jackson, was the nominee of the party’s Black Caucus. Jackson harshly criticized the party’s actions, and refused to recognize Burris’ selection, claiming that it was part of an effort by the Democratic Party leadership to pander to the white American electorate.[10]

State politics
Burris sought the Democratic nomination for the office of Illinois Comptroller in 1976, but was defeated by Michael Bakalis. In 1978 Bakalis did not seek re-election as Comptroller, choosing instead to run for Governor and Burris won the Comptrollership. Burris served for three terms from 1979–1990. He was the first African American to be elected to a statewide office in the state of Illinois. While serving as Comptroller, Burris was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1984, losing to Paul Simon who went on to defeat incumbent Senator Charles Percy. From 1991 to 1995, he was Attorney General for the State of Illinois, where he supervised over 500 lawyers. There, he was the second African American elected to a state office of Attorney General in the United States. In 1985, 19-year old Rolando Cruz was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death along with a co-defendant in a DuPage County Circuit Court, for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a 10-year old child. In 1992, Assistant Attorney General Mary Brigid Kenney, whom Burris had assigned to fight Cruz’s appeal, sent Burris a memo identifying numerous errors in the investigation and trial in Cruz’s initial conviction, and refused to participate in upholding what she considered to be a wrongful conviction. Burris ignored Kenney’s warnings, and she resigned in protest, writing to Burris, "I was being asked to help execute an innocent man... Unfortunately, you have seen fit to ignore the evidence in this case".[11] In September 1995, DNA tests showed that neither Cruz nor his co-defendant were the contributors of the semen found at the crime scene, thus exonerating them.[12] Cruz was fully pardoned by Governor George Ryan in 2002,[13] leading Ryan to declare a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois, asserting that the system was "fraught with error".[14]

Early career
After graduating from law school, Burris became the first African-American National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for the U.S. Treasury Department. In that capacity, he traveled throughout the Midwest, examining banks in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. From 1964 to 1973, he worked at Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company (now Bank of America), serving as tax accountant, tax consultant, commercial banking officer, and vice-president. He headed a commercial group that covered government guaranteed loans and minority business banking. In 1973, he was appointed by Illinois Governor Dan Walker as Director of the Department of Central Management Services, serving through 1977. He was National Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for Operation PUSH from January to October 1977. He was in private law practice from October 1977 to January 1979, and again from June 1995 to present. In 1985, Burris was selected for the position of Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. This decision, coming at the heels of the party’s landslide loss to President Ronald Reagan, generated controversy,


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In 1993, Burris, an advocate for a national handgun ban, helped to organize Chicago’s first Gun Turn-in Day. The following year, Burris admitted that he kept a handgun in his home and had not turned it into police as he had urged others to do. A spokesman stated that Burris had "forgotten about" the handgun.[15] In 1994, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Illinois. While Burris had been favored for much of the primary campaign, he and Cook County Board President Richard Phelan were both defeated by Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, who had a strong late showing in the final weeks of the campaign despite being seen as the underdog. Netsch would go down to defeat the following November against incumbent Republican Governor Jim Edgar in an election where Democrats lost every single race for statewide office. In 1995, Burris ran as an independent for mayor of Chicago, losing to incumbent Richard M. Daley. In 1998, he again unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Illinois. In 1998, Burris caused a controversy by referring to his Democratic primary opponents — Jim Burns, Glenn Poshard (who eventually won the nomination) and John Schmidt — as "nonqualified white boys".[16] During his 2002 run for governor against, among others, Rod Blagojevich, he was supported by, among others, current President Barack Obama.[17]

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He also briefly served as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Public Administration Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Senate appointment
See also: Rod Blagojevich corruption charges On December 14, 2008, Burris suggested himself as a possible caretaker for the United States Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, saying he would not run for reelection if appointed.[19] Prior to this suggestion, Governor Blagojevich had been considering asking Oprah Winfrey but feared she would not take his call.[20] This suggestion came in the wake of an FBI investigation regarding charges of corruption by the Governor for seeking bribes in a pay-to-play scheme for the empty Senate seat and other offenses. On December 30, 2008, Governor Blagojevich announced that he was naming Burris to the seat. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White registered the appointment in the official records of Illinois on December 31, 2008. However, Secretary of State White declined to sign the Senate’s certification form.[21] On January 5, 2009, Secretary of the United States Senate Nancy Erickson rejected Burris’s certificate of appointment to the Senate as invalid. Erickson cited Senate Rule 2 as the reason for the rejection.[22] Senate Rule 2 requires that an appointment be certified by both a state’s governor and the state’s secretary of state.[22][23] Because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White had refused to sign the certificate, Erickson concluded in her findings that the certificate did not conform to Senate Rule 2.[22] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior senator Dick Durbin agreed with Erickson that a Senate rule demands that the secretary of state sign the appointment.[24] Reid initially said that the Senate would not seat Burris,[25] citing Article I, Section 5 of the United States Constitution, which states that "Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members." Reid and other senators had previously stated, before Burris was in contention, that they would use Article I authority against any appointment by Blagojevich.[26] The Senate also could have referred the appointment to the Senate Rules Committee, thus stalling it until Blagojevich’s

Out of politics
Burris is manager/CEO of Burris & Lebed Consulting, LLC, which was formed in April 2002.[18] It is a consulting service concentrating in public relations, lobbying, political strategies, and corporate strategies. He also serves of counsel to the law firm of Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan, L.L.C. His areas of legal concentration are business transactions, estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, and consumer affairs. As of 2008, Burris was on the Board of Directors of the Inland Real Estate Corporation as an Independent Director and was Chairman of its Governance and Nominating Committee. Inland is a $2 billion Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), listed on the NYSE, which owns medium-sized shopping centers. As an Independent Director, he served on the Audit Committee.


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status was settled.[27] Some Democrats, including the chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, Dianne Feinstein, and the Congressional Black Caucus, spoke out in favor of Burris being seated.[28][29] Burris appeared in Washington at the January Congressional swearing-in ceremony (January 6) to claim his seat, but was denied entry into the Senate chambers.[24] Burris and his lawyers insisted that Burris was "now the junior senator from the state of Illinois",[30] though he was technically not a senator and could not be one until being administered the oath of office.[31] On January 9, 2009, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the appointment only required the signature of the governor; the secretary of state’s signature is not required to make the appointment valid. It also said Illinois is not obligated to use, and hence its Secretary of State is not required to sign, the Senate’s "recommended" certification [21][32] The State Supreme Court noted form. that a different form was available: White had already registered the appointment in Illinois’ official records, and Illinois law requires the Secretary of State to provide a certified copy, with signature and seal, of any of the state’s official records to anyone willing to pay the fee. It suggested that Burris simply obtain a certified copy of the appointment registration.[21] In its Burris v. White ruling the State Supreme Court not only declared that the form of certificate contained in rule II of the Standing Rules of the United States Senate was, according to its own terms, only a recommended form but it further remarked that "no explanation has been given as to how any rule of the Senate, whether it be formal or merely a matter of tradition, could supersede the authority to fill vacancies conferred on the states by the federal constitution".[33] Following the ruling, White provided Burris with a certified copy of the appointment’s registration, and Burris delivered that copy, bearing the State Seal, to the Secretary of the Senate.[34] On January 12, 2009, after the Secretary of the Senate announced that she and the Senate Parliamentarian deemed Burris’s new credentials valid, Senate leaders decided to seat Burris.[35] Burris was sworn in by President of the Senate Dick Cheney on January 15, 2009.[36][37][38] Burris filed a sworn affidavit with the Illinois House committee that oversaw

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Governor Blagojevich’s impeachment, dated February 4, to supplement his earlier answer to a question posed by the committee.[39][40] Burris acknowledged Rod Blagojevich requested "assistance in fund-raising" for the governor three times in the weeks and months before Blagojevich appointed Burris. Illinois House Republicans consider this to be at odds with Burris’ testimony during the impeachment trial, and are considering pursuing a perjury investigation.[41] Democratic officials, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, support an investigation.[42] Burris stated that he told the governor’s brother Rob Blagojevich that he could not donate to Gov. Blagojevich because "it could be viewed as an attempt to curry favor with him regarding his decision to appoint a successor to President Obama", and that he "did not raise or donate any funds to Governor Blagojevich after the fundraiser on June 27, 2008."[40] On February 16, in comments to reporters, Burris told reporters that the governor’s brother had asked him to raise ten- to fifteenthousand dollars for the governor in October 2008.[43] Burris said that after the phone call, he "talked to some people about trying to see if we could put a fund-raiser on", but that no one was willing to donate to the governor.[43][44] Burris says he spoke again with the governor’s brother around November 10 to tell him that his earlier efforts to raise money were unsuccessful, but that he might be able to talk other people into donating about a thousand dollars to the governor.[43][44] Burris also said that around November 15 or 16, he told the governor’s brother that he could not raise any money for the governor, nor would he donate to the governor himself.[43][44] On February 17, Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement saying that it is investigating Burris for possible perjury charges connected to his testimony to the panel of the Illinois House of Representatives investigating the governor’s impeachment.[45] The Senate Ethics Committee also reportedly was preparing a preliminary investigation into the matter.[46] On February 18, the Chicago Tribune, the state’s largest newspaper, called on Burris to resign.[47] In the editorial, the board wrote, "His protests that he had nothing to hide just don’t square with his obvious attempts to hide something."[47][48] The editorial board


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of The Washington Post also called for his resignation saying Burris’s story has more twists than the Chicago ’L’ because Burris had offered five varying explanations — three of them under oath — of his contacts with associates of Blagojevich.[48][49] Burris is refusing to resign his seat. He has not said whether he will run for reelection.[50] On March 7, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Schmidt has asked the FBI for tapes of wiretapped phone calls between Burris and Rod Blagojevich, which he will use for his investigation of whether to charge Burris with perjury.[51] Burris said he wishes the FBI would make the tapes available so the public can learn the truth.

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• Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery •

2010 Election campaign
According to Federal Election Commission records, on January 2, 2009, prior to the controversy regarding his conflicting explanations of his fundraising activity on behalf on Blagojevich, Burris signed a statement of candidacy for the 2010 election.[58] However Senator Durbin has stated that "it would be extremely difficult for him to be successful".[44] Possible Democratic primary contenders for the seat in 2010 include State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky.[58] On April 16, 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported that Burris raised only $845 so far for his election campaign.[59]

IFDA Scandal
In the 1980s as Illinois State Comptroller, Burris’ office issued a license to the Illinois Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) to manage a pre-need funeral trust fund.[52][53] A provision was also issued allowing trustees to take 25% of the fund’s earnings as management fees.[53] The fund went into deficits beginning in 2001 leading to a revocation of the IFDA license in September 2007 and a $59 million deficit by October 2008.[52] Burris acted as a lobbyist for the IFDA trust during early 2007 through 2008.[54] Burris has refused comment on the scandal citing “it was 30 years ago.”[55] Consequently, a group of funeral directors--plaintiffs in a suit filed January 2009 against the IFDA alleging a Ponzi scheme[56]--have subpoenaed Burris to find out his involvement during his time as lobbyist.[57] The lawsuit is currently ongoing.

Civic activities
Burris has held a number of different civic positions during his career, including Chairman of the Illinois Commission of AfricanAmerican Males (1992–1994), the National Association of Attorneys General Civil Rights Commission (1993–1995), and the Illinois State Justice Commission (1994–1996). Burris was Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Illinois Government, President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (1981–1982), and a Trustee for both the Financial Accounting Foundation (1991–1994) and the Government Finance Officers Association of U.S. and Canada (1987–1991). He was a Member of the Board of the Better Business Bureau (2008), the Auditorium Theater of Chicago (2001–2006), and the National Center for Responsible Gaming (1996–2005). Burris is also a rank and file member of the Howard University Law School Alumni Association, the Southern Illinois University Foundation, the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago, the U.S. Jaycees, Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Southern Illinois Alumni Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Western Consistory of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Free Masons, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Beta Boule.

Senate career
Committee assignments
• • Subcommittee on Airland • Subcommittee on Personnel • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support • • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security • Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia


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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."" [5] "Illinois Governor Calls for Burris to Step Down",, The New York Times, February 20, 2009, 2009/02/20/illinois-governor-calls-forburris-to-step-down/?hp, retrieved on 2009-02-20. [6] [[1]] [7] "Roland W. Burris, Mr." Who’s Who Among African Americans, 22nd ed. Gale, 2008. [8] "Illinois’ Burris is a man of high ambition.",, Associated Press, December 30, 2008, ap_on_re_us/burris_ambitions, retrieved on 2009-01-15. [9] "You write the caption: Roland Burris’ tombstone", Chicago Sun Times, January 8, 2009, metro/blagojevich/1356758,w-rolandburris-tombstone.article, retrieved on 2009-01-15. [10] Williams, Juan. "Jackson Rips Democratic Chiefs: Blacks Urged to Reassess Loyalty to the Party." Washington Post. A1. February 11, 1985. Accessed February 21, 2009. [11] Eric Zorn (March 3, 1998), "Burris failed his only major test in office as AG", Chicago Tribune, news_columnists_ezorn/2008/12/burrisfailed-his-only-major-test-in-office-asag.html, retrieved on 2008-12-31. [12] "Case Studies of Exonerations - Rolando Cruz and Alejandro Hernandez (Chicago, Illinois)",, case_studies/convicted_exonerated/ cruz_hernandex, retrieved on 2008-12-31. [13] "Rolando Cruz", Northwestern Law Center on Wrongful Convictions, wrongfulconvictions/exonerations/ ilCruzSummary.html, retrieved on 2008-12-31. [14] Gibson, Bob (May 2005), "When Justice Hides Its Face", DCBA Brief Online

Recognitions and awards
• 100 Most Influential Black Americans, Ebony Magazine (1979-1995) • Ten Most Distinguished Alumni in the History of the University - Wall of Fame, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1997) • Distinguished Accomplishments in the Field of Law, National Bar Association (1993) • One of the Top Three Government Financial Officers in the Nation, City and State Magazine (1989) • Hall of Fame, Centralia, Illinois • Honorary Doctors of Laws Degree, National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois • Honorary Doctors of Laws Degree, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi

See also
• List of African-American firsts • Powell v. McCormack • African Americans in the United States Congress

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Political offices Preceded by Michael Bakalis Legal offices Preceded by Neil Hartigan United States Senate Preceded by Barack Obama United States Senator (Class 3) from Illinois December 31, 2008 – present
Served alongside: Dick Durbin

Roland Burris

Illinois Comptroller 1979 – 1991 Attorney General of Illinois 1991 – 1995

Succeeded by Dawn Clark Netsch Succeeded by Jim Ryan Incumbent

Order of precedence in the United States of America Preceded by Mark Begich

United States Senators by seniority 96th

Succeeded by Ted Kaufman
(D-Delaware) [53] ^ Rushton, Bruce (May 1, 2009), "Hynes unveils bill on pre-need funeral trust funds", The State Journal-Register, Hynes-unveils-bill-on-pre-need-funeraltrust-funds. [54] Rushton, Bruce (February 7, 2009), "Burris lobbied Hynes to discuss funeral trust fund in 2007", The State JournalRegister, x1452249509/Burris-lobbied-Hynes-todiscuss-funeral-trust-fund-in-2007. [55] Rushton, Bruce (March 11, 2009), "Burris mum on pre-need funeral trust matter", The State Journal-Register, [56] Rushton, Bruce (January 31, 2009), "Funeral fund is focus of lawsuit alleging Ponzi scheme", The State JournalRegister, x966359914/Funeral-fund-is-focus-oflawsuit-alleging-Ponzi-scheme. [57] GateHouse News Service (April 11, 2009), "Funeral fund is focus of lawsuit alleging Ponzi scheme",, x1931070527/Funeral-directorssubpoena-Burris. [58] ^ Sweet, Lynn. "Burris may face primary challenges from Giannoulias, Schakowsky", Chicago Sun-Times, January 23, 2009, accessed January 28, 2009.

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External links
• U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris official U.S. Senate website • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress • Voting record maintained by The Washington Post • Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart • Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues • Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at • Current Bills Sponsored at • Congressional profile at • "State Comptroller, Roland W. Burris: Anatomy of a Career", Dollars & Sense (February/March 1979) Persondata NAME ALTERNATIVE NAMES SHORT DESCRIPTION DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH American lawyer, politician August 3, 1937 Centralia, Illinois Burris, Roland


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