Illinois State Senator
Sen. Raoul was born in Chicago to Haitian immigrants and raised on the city’s South Side. He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from DePaul University and a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Raoul was appointed in 2004 to replace then-State Senator Barack Obama, who had been elected to the U.S. Senate. He has championed criminal justice reform, domestic violence prevention, early childhood education and economic development. His major legislative accomplishments include the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois, workers’ compensation reform, chairing last year’s pension reform negotiations and protecting voters’ rights. He lives in Hyde Park, where he proudly raises his children, Che and Mizan.