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Barack Obama bio box

NAME -- Barack Obama.

PARTY -- Democrat.

AGE-BIRTH DATE -- 45; Aug. 4, 1961.

RESIDENCE -- Chicago.

OCCUPATION -- Freshman U.S. senator.

EXPERIENCE -- U.S. senator, 2005-present; Illinois State senator, 1997-2004; constitutional law professor, University of Chicago.

EDUCATION -- Law degree, Harvard University; bachelor's degree in political science, Columbia University.

FAMILY -- Wife, Michelle, and two daughters.

QUOTE -- "Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what's needed to be done. Today we are called once more -- and it is time for our generation to answer that call." -- from his speech Saturday announcing he was seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.