A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
After graduating, he became a civil rights attorney and an academic, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He received national attention in 2004 with his March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate.
His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Kansas while his father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born in Kenya, Africa.
After his parents were divorced, his mother married a man from Indonesia and the family moved to Indonesia for a time.
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