Carol Moseley-Braun

February 1, 2011

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Carol Moseley-Braun

Moseley-Braun made history in 1992 when she was elected to the US Senate (Illinois), becoming the first Black woman to do so. She upset two-term incumbent Alan Dixon in the Democratic primary and went on to defeat Republican candidate Richard Williamson.

As a senator, she sponsored several progressive education bills and championed strong gun control laws. She served on the judiciary, banking, housing and urban affairs, and small business committees. Her career suffered when it was revealed that she used campaign money to cover personal expenses, helped to loosen legal restrictions to facilitate the sale of two broadcasting companies, and promoted legislation that favored a corporate donor. She lost her 1998 reelection bid. In 1999 she was confirmed as ambassador to New Zealand. She briefly participated as a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2004 US presidential election.