ChicagoCarol Moseley Braun was born on August 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating high school, Moseley Braun attended the University of Illinois where she studied political science. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1969 and then attended law school. She completed school in 1972. By 1973, she was working as an assistant attorney in Chicago.
RepresentativeBy 1978, Moseley Braun had entered the world of politics, working as a Democratic representative to the Illinois House of Representatives. She made a name for herself as an advocate for social change, pushing for reforms in education, government, and healthcare.
RecorderFor the next decade, Moseley Braun worked her way up the ladder in government. In 1988, she was elected recorder of deeds for Cook County, Illinois. With this job title, she was in charge of hundreds of employees and the public agency’s multimillion-dollar budget.
SenateIn 1992, Moseley Braun attempted to enter national politics with her sights set on the U.S. Senate. She won the Democratic primary against Senator Alan Dixon. She then faced a tougher opponent, Republican Richard Williamson, who tried to capitalize on a mishandled tax situation on Moseley Braun’s part, but the scandal had little effect on her campaign. Moseley Braun became the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate. Moseley Braun tackled hot-button issues like civil rights, women’s rights, and gun control. She served on several powerful committees, such as the Senate Finance Committee. While serving, claims that Moseley Braun had misused campaign funds for personal expenses surfaced. No charges were ever filed but the allegations prevented her from winning a re-election in 1998.
After SenateAfter losing the 1998 election, Moseley Braun was appointed U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. When President Clinton left office, she left the post of U.S. ambassador. She then began teaching at Morris Brown College. In 2003, she attempted to re-enter the world of politics, this time, aiming for the presidency. She garnered very little support and backed out in 2004. Most recently, Moseley Braun has worked as a business consultant and has started her own food company titled Good Foods Organics.
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