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) End of Service: Nov. 29, 2010 Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Personnel; Readiness & Management Support); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs; Emergency Management & District of Columbia; Federal Financial Management); Veterans' Affairs
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.