Carol Moseley Braun, first Black female senator, to deliver Illinois votes in roll call

Picking Moseley Braun is also very symbolic. Kamala Harris is the first woman of color to be on a major party vice presidential ticket.

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Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the first female senator from Illinois and the first Black female senator, will deliver the Illinois votes at the Democratic National Convention.

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Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black female senator, will deliver the Illinois votes at the Democratic National Convention, where Kamala Harris, the second Black female senator becomes Joe Biden’s running mate.

Moseley Braun, who was also the first female senator to be elected from Illinois, will cast the Illinois votes during the Tuesday roll call in a pre-recorded segment at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times

The building is high on symbolism. Former President Barack Obama announced his presidential bid in front of the Old State Capitol and returned to announce that he picked Joe Biden to be his vice president pick.

It’s also where Abraham Lincoln delivered his historic House Divided speech on June 16, 1858, after he accepted the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Carol Moseley Braun and Sen. Paul Simon at Moseley Braun’s campaign headquarters in 1992.

Carol Moseley Braun and Sen. Paul Simon at Moseley Braun’s campaign headquarters in 1992.

Sun-Times archives.

Picking Moseley Braun is also very symbolic. Harris is the first woman of color to be on a major party vice presidential ticket.

A South Side resident, Moseley Braun, elected in 1992, served one term in the Senate. She ran for president in 2004 and for mayor of Chicago in 2011.

Roll Call: Full List

The Democratic convention’s “Roll Call Across America” on Tuesday night will feature representatives from 57 states and territories casting ballots to officially nominate Biden as the 2020 presidential nominee. The 30-minute roll call process will be conducted by rapid-fire teleconference, featuring the following participants:


Rep. Terri Sewell will invoke the memory of Rep. John Lewis to advocate for restoring the Voting Rights Act.


Veteran, fisherman, and party activist Chuck Degnan will discuss the impact of climate change on tribal waters.


Party leaders Aliitama Sotoa and Patti Matila will celebrate American Samoa’s legacy of military service—and Joe Biden’s work to improve the territory’s infrastructure.


Middle school social studies teacher Marisol Garcia will discuss remote learning from the perspective of teachers, parents, and activists.


Chef Gilbert Alaquinez will describe his work delivering meals prepared at the Clinton Presidential Center to local families via food trucks.


Sec. Hilda Solis and Rep. Barbara Lee will highlight the importance of Joe Biden’s clean energy plan for communities of color.


Immigrant and party activist Howard Chou and his family will discuss the challenges facing working parents during the pandemic.


Veteran firefighter Peter Carozza will explain why he and his fellow first responders trust in Joe Biden’s courage and commitment to working Americans.


Gov. John Carney and Sen. Tom Carper will share a local perspective on Delaware’s favorite son.


Organizer Julia Bryan will offer a call to action for Americans living abroad to get involved in this election.


Mayor Muriel Bowser will issue a call for DC statehood.


Gun safety activist Fred Guttenberg will describe Joe Biden’s compassion in the wake of his daughter’s murder in Parkland and commitment to defeating the NRA.


State Sen. Nikema Williams, candidate for John Lewis’s seat in Congress, will urge viewers to overcome voter suppression.


Party chair Sarah Thomas-Nededog will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Guam citizens becoming American citizens.


Civil rights activist Dr. Amy Agbayani will offer a special personal message to American immigrants.


Mayor Lauren McLean will share her city’s bold response to climate change.


Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun will discuss the Biden plan for racial justice in housing.


Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will describe his city’s revitalization and the Biden plan to do the same nationwide.


Secretary Tom Vilsack will take a moment to share best wishes for Iowans suffering after last week’s storm.


Fourth-generation family farmer Mark Pringle will share his concern about the future of rural America and his confidence in the Biden plan for revitalizing rural communities.


Education advocate Colmon Elridge will share a personal story about Joe Biden’s commitment to improving American health care.


Rep. Cedric Richmond and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell will visit a thriving independent art studio to highlight the importance of small businesses to cities.


State Rep. Craig Hickman, the first openly gay African American to serve in the Maine House of Representatives, will take us inside his American dream.


City Council President Brandon Scott and college student Bianca Shah will describe the Biden plan for racial justice in the economy.


State Rep. Claire Cronin will highlight the Biden plan to help our economy recover from the pandemic.


Sen. Gary Peters and UAW auto worker Ray Curry will discuss how Joe Biden saved the Michigan auto industry and his plan to create a million new auto jobs.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar will discuss Joe Biden’s ability to bring people together before throwing it across the Mississippi River to St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.


College president Dr. Carmen Walters will discuss the history of the HBCU she leads and the Biden plan to invest in these important institutions.


Bricklayer Reuben Gill will praise the contributions of his fellow working men and women and the Biden plan to invest in infrastructure.


Recent college graduate Rachel Prevost will describe her senior year of remote learning and highlights the importance of rural broadband.


Meatpacking plant employee Geraldine Waller will share a personal perspective on the dangers facing essential workers during the pandemic.


Backed by an array of working Nevadans, Rep. Dina Titus will describe the Biden plan for putting workers first in our economy.


Gov. John Lynch will offer his personal endorsement of Joe Biden’s leadership skills.


Gov. Phil Murphy will mark the impact of the pandemic on his state and explains why Joe Biden is the right leader to help us recover.


Tribal member and state Rep. Derrick Lente will celebrate his state’s diversity and commitment to preserving natural and cultural resources.


Registered nurse and a member of 1199SEIU Scheena Iyande Tannis will offer a raw personal perspective on the dangers facing health care workers.


Longtime Democratic activist Cozzie Watkins will offer a call to action for Black women.


Tribal citizen and advocate Cesar Alvarez will discuss his unique path to college and Joe Biden’s plan to open up educational opportunity.


Party chair Nola Kileleman Hix will describe her organizing efforts as the young leader of the party in the NMI.


Rep. Tim Ryan and IBEW organizer Josh Abernathy will describe Donald Trump’s broken promises to Ohio workers and the Biden plan to invest in America.


Party chair Alicia Andrews will reflect on the lessons of the Tulsa Race Massacre.


Activist Dr. Rosa Colquitt and registered nurse Travis Nelson will discuss racial disparities in health care.


Sen. Bob Casey, a fellow Scranton native, will talk about how Joe Biden’s childhood in Scranton formed his commitment to working families.


Sen. Carmelo Rios-Santiago, will highlight Donald Trump’s abandonment of Americans in Puerto Rico.


State Rep. Joseph McNamara will discuss the impact of the pandemic on his state’s restaurants and fisherman and shows off the mouth-watering flavors of Rhode Island seafood.


Senate candidate Jaime Harrison will speak from the alma mater of Rep. Jim Clyburn and his late wife Emily.


Tribal activist Kellen Returns From Scout will issue a plea for forward-looking leadership.


On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, college student Keely Sage will visit the headquarters of the suffragists to discuss her own first vote for President and the role of women in this election.


Rep. Veronica Escobar will reflect on the lessons of the August 2019 massacre in El Paso.


Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson will debunk misinformation about mail-in voting.


Gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, joined by Jane and Bernie Sanders and other Vermont activists, will speak out for justice.


Chair Cecil Benjamin will lead a colorful tribute to Joe Biden’s leadership.


Activist Khizr Khan will reflect on the racial violence that claimed a life in his beloved home city of Charlottesville.


State Rep. My-Linh Thai, a former refugee, will share her commitment to the public schools that gave her a chance to contribute to her new home.


Veteran educator and union organizer Fred Albert will discuss how teachers and parents can work together to create change.


Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will share his personal story and a call to action for a brighter future.


Activists Judy and Dennis Shepherd will discuss Joe Biden’s leadership to stop hate crimes against LGBTQ Americans in the wake of their son Matthew’s murder.

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