Here is a look at the life of former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun.
Personal: Birth date: August 16, 1947
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Carol Elizabeth Moseley
Father: Joseph Moseley, policeman
Mother: Edna (Davie) Moseley, medical assistant
Marriage: Michael Braun (1973-1986, divorced)
Children: with Michael Braun: Matthew, 1977
Education: University of Illinois, B.A., 1969; University of Chicago, J.D., 1972
Other Facts: First African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
As a U.S. senator, she was the first woman to ever serve on the Senate Finance Committee.
Timeline: 1973-1977 - Assistant U.S. Attorney.
1978-1988 - Member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Becomes the first African-American woman to serve as assistant majority leader.
1988-1992 - Recorder of deeds for Cook County, Illinois. Is the first woman and first African-American to hold an executive office in Cook County.
1993-1999 - U.S. Senator from Illinois.
1998 - Defeated in the 1998 Senate election.
1999-2001 - American ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
February 18, 2003 - Officially announces that she will be running for the Democratic nomination for president.
January 15, 2004 - Drops out of the race for president and endorses Howard Dean.
2005 - Founds an organic products company.
April 27, 2007 - Suffers a broken wrist after being attacked by a mugger outside her Chicago home.
November 20, 2010 - Officially announces her candidacy for mayor of Chicago.
February 22, 2011 - Loses to Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's mayoral race.