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UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 2, 2001

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- News notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press Intern
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Roland Burris
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks on the current status of Illinois U.S. Senate appointee Roland Burris following a meeting with Burris in Washington on January 7, 2009. Burris was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich but Senate leaders refused to seat him. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Roland Wallace Burris (born August 3, 1937) is a former United States Senator from the state of Illinois and a member of the Democratic Party.

In 1978, Burris was the first African-American elected to statewide office in Illinois, when he was elected Illinois Comptroller. He served in that office until his election as Illinois Attorney General in 1990. Since then, he has run for office four more times unsuccessfully.

Burris was appointed by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to replace President-Elect Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illinois. The appointment was controversial, as the governor was already under investigation and there were rumors of his being paid for the appointment. Prior to Burris's appointment, Obama was the U.S. Senate's only African American; he resigned his Senate seat after being elected President of the United States. Burris was the subject of an ethics probe.

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