Past Policy Leadership Forum

Securing Our Energy Future - Barack Obama - Policy Leadership Forum

Sep 15, 2005 Video

About the Event

Barack Obama: Securing Our Energy Future
RFF Policy Leadership Forum
September 15, 2005
Senator Barack Obama

Barack Obama, elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate from Illinois in 2004, was born in Honolulu in 1961. He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science and a specialty in international relations. He graduated in 1991 from Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was a lecturer on constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and a member of the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004, representing Chicago's South Side 13th Senate District.

Recognized for his innovative and effective legislative leadership at the state level, Obama first served as a community organizer in Chicago neighborhoods, helping church groups create job-training programs, reform area schools, and improve city services. He also worked as a civil rights lawyer on voting rights and employment discrimination cases in federal and state courts. He chaired the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a $50-million philanthropic effort to reform the city's public schools.

In the Senate, he currently serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety; the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water; the Foreign Relations Committee; and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Video of this RFF Policy Leadership Forum and commentary on Senator Obama's remarks follow below.

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