- NAME: Carol Moseley Braun
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: August 16, 1947 (Age: 66)
- Did You Know?: In 1992, Carol Moseley Braun became the first African-American woman to win election to the U.S. Senate.
- EDUCATION: University of Illinois, University of Illinois College of Law
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- Full Name: Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun
- AKA: Carol Moseley Braun
- Originally: Carol Elizabeth Moseley
- AKA: Carol Moseley
- AKA: Carol Braun
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Carol Moseley Braun became the first African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992.
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In 2003, she campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination. Moseley Braun opposed the war in Iraq and spoke out about the country’s economic situation, but she dropped out of the race in early 2004 after failing to garner enough support. She asked her supporters to vote for Howard Dean.
Moseley Braun has been working as a business consultant and started an organic foods company called Good Foods Organics. She has one child: a son named Michael from her marriage to Michael Braun, which ended in divorce.
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