Former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, who represented the 15th district from 2003 to 2013. He is a strong advocate against same-sex marriage in Illinois.
He earned a degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas.
He is a baptist minister and founder of Salem Baptist Church, a megachurch in Chicago that has over 20,000 members.
He has four children with his wife Jamell.
He had a contentious relationship with former Governor Rod Blagojevich and was one of the first people to call for his impeachment.