CMBraun2.jpg (6167 bytes) Democrat, of Chicago, IL; born August 16, 1947 in Chicago, J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1972; other career experience: prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office for 3 years; elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, 1978-87, elected as first woman and first African-American to serve as assistant majority leader of the Illinois House; elected as Cook County Recorder of Deeds, 1987-92, she was the first woman and first African-American to hold executive office in Cook County; one child; elected to the U.S. Senate November 3, 1992, for the 6-year term beginning January 3, 1993; committee memberships: Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Finance; Special Committee on Aging.