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Barak Obama

Editor’s Note: Illinois Sen. Barak Obama’s staff has said the senator’s schedule prevents him from attending today’s forum. He is the only Democratic front-runner not in attendance.

Barak Obama

Age: 45

Birthday: Aug. 4, 1961

Birthplace: Honolulu

Party: Democrat

Education: Occidental College, Los Angeles and Columbia University, New York City; juris doctorate from Harvard University in 1992, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review

Years in Public Service: Three

Experience: Member Illinois state Senate 1997-2004; elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004

Organizations: Lecturer on constitutional law, University of Chicago