Graduate, Herder Institute, Leipzig, Germany. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Otto von Guericke Technology Institute, Magdeberg, Germany.
Assistant lecturer department mechanical engineering University Nairobi, Kenya, 1970—1974. Group standards manager Kenya Bureau Standards, 1974—1975, deputy director, 1975—1982. Incarcerated, 1982—1991.
Member Kenyan Parliament, since 1992. Prime minister Republic of Kenya, since 2008. Co-founder Franz, Schineis and Partners.
Founder Standard Processing Equipment Construction & Erection (renamed East Africa Spectre, Ltd.).
Founding member Forum for the Restoration Democracy, Kenya, 1991. Member National Development Party, Kenya, National Rainbow Coalition-Kenya. Leader Liberal Democratic Party, Kenya, Orange Democratic Movement.
Married Ida Betty Odinga. Children: Fidel, Rosemary, Raila Junior, Winnie.