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Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"
Reasoning:

“Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour…

This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. And a whole lot of folks out there would probably need less help from government. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher.”

“State of the Union Address,” whitehouse.gov, Feb. 12, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum wage. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum wage.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
  • Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
  • US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
  • Former Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Former Member, Foreign Relations Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, US Senate
  • Recipient, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (for the audiobook edition of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream), 2008
  • Illinois State Senator, 1997-2004
  • Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
  • Former community organizer, Chicago, IL
  • Former Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Former President, Harvard Law Review
  • Recipient, Chairman’s Award, National NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 2005
  • Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • Attended Occidental College
Contact Info:
Phone
202-456-1111, White House
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
whitehouse.gov
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @BarackObama
  • First African-American President of the United States
  • First US President to chair a session of the United Nations Security Council
  • First African-American President of the Harvard Law Review
  • First US President born in Hawaii, and first US President born outside the continental United States
  • Named Person of the Year (2008) and one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World (2005) by TIME Magazine
  • Named one of the 10 People Who Will Change the World, New Statesman, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • Recipient, 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
  • Married Michelle Robinson, JD, on Oct. 3, 1992
  • Has two children, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (“Sasha,” born 2001)
  • Son of Barack Hussein Obama (economist for the Kenyan government) and Ann Dunham, PhD (anthropologist, also known as Stanley Ann Dunham and S. Ann Soetoro)
  • Born Barack Hussein Obama at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, HI on Aug. 4, 1961
Quoted in:
Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased? – Pro & Con Quotes