Carol Moseley Braun

Born:August 16, 1947 (age 72)
Career:U.S. ambassador to Samoa, 2000-2001
U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, 1999-2001
U.S. Senate, 1993-1998
Recorder of Deeds (Cook County, Ill.), 1988-1992
Illinois House of Representatives, 1979-1988
Education:B.A., University of Illinois
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Carol Moseley Braun was a U.S. senator from Illinois from 1993 to 1998. She was the first black female to serve in the U.S. Senate (and the only one until Kamala Harris was elected to the Senate from California in 2016), and was the first female senator from Illinois.

Braun was born on August 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in political science and then attended the University of Chicago Law School to obtain her juris doctor in 1972.

In addition to serving as a senator, Braun was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, recorder of deeds for Cook County, Illinois, and U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. In 2003 she ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out before the Iowa caucuses in January 2004. Braun also ran for mayor of Chicago in 2011, but placed fourth.

Now, Braun owns Ambassador Organics, a line of organic food products.

For information on Braun's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on


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