Points By Drew Pritt


I SUPPORT ROLAND BURRIS.
December 30, 2008, 8:15 pm
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burrisI support Roland Burris to be the next U.S. Senator from Illinois. He is a good man, one who I voted for in 2002. You see, that year, I was the campaign manager in the primary for Pat Quinn who was running for Lt. Governor that year. I got to know all the candidates personally and the one who impressed me the most was Roland Burris. As U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Il.) pointed out, correctly, there is no African-American in the U.S. Senate currently.

Burris was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as Director of the Department of Central Management Services from 1973 to 1977. He went on to serve as Comptroller of Illinois from 1983 to 1991, where he was the first African American to be elected to a statewide office in the state of Illinois. Mr. Burris was the Attorney General of Illinois from 1991 to 1995 and became the second African American elected to the office of Attorney General in the United States. He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1985 to 1989.

Burris became the first African-American National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for the U.S. Treasury Department. He was the Vice President of Continental Illinois National Bank working in both the Trust Tax Department and Commercial Lending. Mr. Burris has served as President of the National Association of Comptroller and of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers. He was also a Trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation Board and served three years on the Executive Board as a Trustee of the Government Finance Office Association of the United States and Canada.

Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in Government; and Who’s Who in Law. He has been recognized annually for 16 years by Ebony Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Crane Chicago Small Business Magazine named Mr. Burris as one of the three Outstanding Financial Officers in The United States in 1986.

Mr. Burris received a B.A. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Roland Burris is worthy of this appointment and there is no reason NOT to appoint him.

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