Braun, Carol Mosely (1947–)

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Braun, Carol Mosely (1947–)

African-American politician. Name variations: Carol Mosely-Braun. Born Carol Mosely, Aug 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois; dau. of a policeman and a medical technician; University of Illinois-Chicago, BA, 1968; law degree from University of Chicago, 1972; married and divorced; children: Matthew (computer engineer).

Worked in the US Attorney's office in Chicago (1973–77), focusing primarily in the civil and appellate law areas; served in the Illinois state legislature (1978–87), becoming assistant majority leader; as a Democrat representing Illinois, became the 4th African-American and 1st African-American woman to be elected to the US Senate (1992); served on the Finance, Banking and Judiciary committees; ran unsuccessfully for reelection (1998); served as US ambassador to New Zealand (1999–2001); taught law and political science at Morris Brown College and DePaul University; ran for nomination for president of US in Democratic primaries (2004).