Former U.S. Senator Roland Burris provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking political career in his recently-published memoir, “The Man Who Stood Up to Be Seated.”
Burris made Illinois history in 1978 when he became the first African American to be elected to a statewide office. He served as comptroller for 12 years and then was the first African American elected as Illinois attorney general. In 2008, Burris was appointed to replace then President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.