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 Sewellwill invoke the memory of Rep. John Lewis to advocate for restoring the Voting Rights Act.


Veteran, fisherman, and party activistChuck Degnanwill discuss the impact of climate change on tribal waters.


Party leadersAliitama SotoaandPatti Matilawill celebrate American Samoa’s legacy of military service—and Joe Biden’s work to improve the territory’s infrastructure.


Middle school social studies teacherMarisol Garciawill discuss remote learning from the perspective of teachers, parents, and activists.


ChefGilbert Alaquinezwill describe his work delivering meals prepared at the Clinton Presidential Center to local families via food trucks.


Sec. Hilda SolisandRep. Barbara Leewill highlight the importance of Joe Biden’s clean energy plan for communities of color.


Immigrant and party activistHoward Chouand his family will discuss the challenges facing working parents during the pandemic.


Veteran firefighterPeter Carozzawill explain why he and his fellow first responders trust in Joe Biden’s courage and commitment to working Americans.


Gov. John CarneyandSen. Tom Carperwill share a local perspective on Delaware’s favorite son.


OrganizerJulia Bryanwill offer a call to action for Americans living abroad to get involved in this election.


Mayor Muriel Bowserwill issue a call for DC statehood.


Gun safety activistFred Guttenbergwill 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 chairSarah Thomas-Nededogwill celebrate the 70th anniversary of Guam citizens becoming American citizens.


Civil rights activistDr. Amy Agbayaniwill offer a special personal message to American immigrants.


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


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


Former South BendMayor Pete Buttigiegwill describe his city’s revitalization and the Biden plan to do the same nationwide.


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


Fourth-generation family farmerMark Pringlewill share his concern about the future of rural America and his confidence in the Biden plan for revitalizing rural communities.


Education advocateColmon Elridgewill share a personal story about Joe Biden’s commitment to improving American health care.


Rep. Cedric Richmondand New OrleansMayor LaToya Cantrellwill 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 Scottand college studentBianca Shahwill describe the Biden plan for racial justice in the economy.


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


Sen. Gary Petersand UAW auto workerRay Currywill discuss how Joe Biden saved the Michigan auto industry and his plan to create a million new auto jobs.


Sen. Amy Klobucharwill discuss Joe Biden’s ability to bring people together before throwing it across the Mississippi River to St. PaulMayor Melvin Carter.


College presidentDr. Carmen Walterswill discuss the history of the HBCU she leads and the Biden plan to invest in these important institutions.


BricklayerReuben Gillwill praise the contributions of his fellow working men and women and the Biden plan to invest in infrastructure.


Recent college graduateRachel Prevostwill describe her senior year of remote learning and highlights the importance of rural broadband.


Meatpacking plant employeeGeraldine Wallerwill share a personal perspective on the dangers facing essential workers during the pandemic.


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


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


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


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


Registered nurse and a member of 1199SEIUScheena Iyande Tanniswill offer a raw personal perspective on the dangers facing health care workers.


Longtime Democratic activistCozzie Watkinswill offer a call to action for Black women.


Tribal citizen and advocateCesar Alvarezwill discuss his unique path to college and Joe Biden’s plan to open up educational opportunity.


Party chairNola Kileleman Hixwill describe her organizing efforts as the young leader of the party in the NMI.


Rep. Tim Ryanand IBEW organizerJosh Abernathywill describe Donald Trump’s broken promises to Ohio workers and the Biden plan to invest in America.


Party chairAlicia Andrewswill reflect on the lessons of the Tulsa Race Massacre.


ActivistDr. Rosa Colquittand registered nurseTravis Nelsonwill 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 McNamarawill 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 candidateJaime Harrisonwill speak from the alma mater of Rep. Jim Clyburn and his late wife Emily.


Tribal activistKellen Returns From Scoutwill issue a plea for forward-looking leadership.


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


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


Salt Lake CountyMayor Jenny Wilsonwill debunk misinformation about mail-in voting.


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


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


ActivistKhizr Khanwill 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 organizerFred Albertwill discuss how teachers and parents can work together to create change.


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


ActivistsJudy and Dennis Shepherdwill 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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