Kwame Raoul Wiki
Kwame Raoul is an American lawyer and also a politician. He has been the 42nd Attorney General of Illinois since 2019. He is also a member of the Democratic Party. Raoul represented the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 2004 to 2019. Search also for Sheldon Whitehouse.
Kwame Raoul Biography
Kwame Raoul High School
Raoul graduated and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from DePaul University. He then went on to receive his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Initially appointed to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama when Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, Raoul won subsequent election and reelection. He served as the Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Criminal Law Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Gaming, Insurance, and Public Health Committees.
Kwame Raoul Attorney General
In September 2017, Raoul launched his campaign for Attorney General of Illinois of which he was originally expected to run for Mayor of Chicago in 2019 but declined. Amidst a crowded field of eight Democratic candidates, Raoul received many significant endorsements.
The endorsements include Congressman Danny Davis of Illinois’s 7th congressional district, President of the Illinois Senate John Cullerton, the Chicago Teachers Unions, the Cook County Democratic Party, and the Madison County Democratic Party.
As of January 2018, Raoul had a huge war chest among the field of Democratic candidates. Late 2017, Raoul received a $100,000 donation from tobacco mogul Don Levin which were made in $10,000 increments from ten of Levin’s companies. Raoul’s opponents insist that accepting the donations amounts to a conflict of interest.
The attorney general’s office has been at odds with one of the Levin’s companies, Top Tobacco, several times, and arbitration remains pending with tens of millions of dollars at stake. Raoul’s spokesperson reported that the $100,000 donation is not a conflict of interest since “Raoul is not attorney general.”
His campaign finance chair Neil Bluhm is a known billionaire casino magnate. As a state senator, Raoul has consistently voted in favor of the gambling and gaming industry. According to his campaign website, he supports the approbation of the Equal Rights Amendment and co-sponsored the Equal Wage Act in Illinois, which was afterward vetoed by Governor Rauner.
He credits that abortion should be safe, legal, and accessible. He supports increasing gun restrictions including reforming the criminal justice system. On March 20, 2018, he won the Democratic primary election totaling to 30% win of the vote in an eight-way primary contest that included former governor Pat Quinn among others.
In the general election, he faced the former Miss America and Champaign/Urbana, Illinois attorney Erika Harold, who won her two way contest-winning 59% of the vote. On November 6, 2018, Raoul defeated Harold with 54% of the vote win.
Kwame Raoul Senate Career
On November 6, 2004, Raoul was appointed in order to fill the state Senate vacancy following the resignation of his predecessor, Barack Obama, having been elected to the United States Senate. Since his arrival in Springfield, Raoul successfully advanced legislation hence promoting civil justice, early childhood education, domestic violence prevention and also political reform.
In his first year in the General Assembly, he established a progressive agenda. Raoul’s work led to the passage of laws enlarging access to early voting in Illinois, and the state’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program and also a crackdown on the PayDay loan industry.
Raoul has sponsored a bill that would require grants issued by Illinois State Board of Education to early childhood education and preschool programs. They were to be used to improve and expand the quality of services. He has also backed legislation aimed at alleviating the reintegration of ex-offenders into the community. His legislation allows better conduct credit to be awarded to inmates who earn their high school diplomas or GEDs, as well as inmates who participate in substance abuse programs.
Kwame Raoul Outside Senate
Raoul served as a partner of the law firm of Quarles and Brady with a practice concentrating on employment and also labor litigation. He is the former Cook County prosecutor who previously worked as senior counsel for the City Colleges of Chicago. Raoul has also administered volunteer legal clinics in his district.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Cook County Bar Association and the North Central Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Raoul has been the coach of Hyde Park Biddy Basketball and also an AYSO soccer volunteer. He has participated in voter registration campaigns with Rainbow/PUSH serving as a volunteer Election Day lawyer.
Kwame Raoul Age
Raoul was born on 30 September 1964, in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Kwame Raoul Family
Raoul was born in Chicago to his parents (Haitian immigrant parents) Dr. Janin (Father) and Marie Therese Raoul (Mother). Raoul later moved to Hyde Park/Kenwood area where he lives. Raoul is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity-Theta Zeta chapter and also a member of the Chicago Chapter of 100 Black Men. Kwame is a prostate cancer survivor.
Kwame Raoul Wife
Kwame is engaged to Dr. Lisa Moore.
Kwame Raoul Children
The couple has two children namely Che and Mizan.
Kwame Raoul Height
There are no records revealing Raoul’s height as he prefer4s keeping it personal and out of media.
Kwame Raoul Salary
Kwame has an estimated salary of between $5k to $10k annually.
Kwame Raoul Net Worth
Raoul has a net worth of around $100K-1M.