On January 4, 2005 Barack Obama was sworn in as U.S. Senator, representing the state of Illinois. He was the third black Senator since Reconstruction to serve in the Senate, but the 5th black Senator in U.S. History.
While in office as Senator, he served on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee which oversees the nation’s healthcare, schools, employment and retirement programs. He has also served on the Foreign Nations Committee which has played a role in how American policy is shaped, including policies overseas such as Iraq for example. Obama served on the Veterans Affairs Committee which took the care and services of veterans very seriously. Last;y, Obama served on Environment and Public Works Committee, which places focus on improving the environment and funding for our highways. He served in the U.S. Senate until 2008 when he gave up his seat to run for the presidency.