Carol Moseley Braun (8/16/1947 – current)
First African American woman elected to US Senate (Illinois); represented Illinois from 1993 – 1999. She was the first black female senator, the first black female Democratic senator, first woman to defeat an incumbent US Senator, first female senator from IL. From 1999-2001 she was the US Ambassador to New Zealand. She was a candidate for nomination for the 2004 US Presidential election and lost the 2011 election for Chicago mayor to Rahm Emanuel. She currently runs her private law firm and has launched a line of organic food called Ambassador Organics. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta.