Elizabeth Warren is an American politician and lawyer serving as the senior United States senator from Massachusetts since 2013.
She was formerly a law school professor specializing in bankruptcy law.
A member of the Democratic Party and a progressive, Warren has focused on consumer protection, economic opportunity, and the social safety net while in the Senate.
She was also a Democratic candidate in the 2020 United States presidential election.
- Full name: Elizabeth Ann Herring // Elizabeth Ann Warren
- Profession: American politician and lawyer
- Born: 22 June 1949 (age 70 years), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
- Height: 1.73 m
- Education: Rutgers Law School (1976), MORE
- Spouse: Bruce H. Mann (m. 1980), Jim Warren (m. 1968–1978)
- Children: Amelia Warren Tyagi, Alexander Warren
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About Elizabeth Warren
Warren was born on 22 June 1949 in Oklahoma City on June 22, 1949. She is the fourth child of Pauline Louise (née Reed, 1912–1995), a homemaker, and Donald Jones Herring (1911–1997), a U.S. Army flight instructor during World War II.
Warren has described her early family life as teetering “on the ragged edge of the middle class” and “kind of hanging on at the edges by our fingernails.” She and her three older brothers were raised Methodist.
Warren lived in Norman, Oklahoma, until she was 11 years old, when her family moved back to Oklahoma City.
When she was 12, her father, then a salesman at Montgomery Ward, had a heart attack, which led to many medical bills as well as a pay cut because he could not do his previous work.
After leaving his sales job, he worked as a maintenance man for an apartment building. Eventually, the family’s car was repossessed because they failed to make loan payments. To help the family finances, her mother found work in the catalog-order department at Sears. When she was 13, Warren started waiting tables at her aunt’s restaurant.
Warren became a star member of the debate team at Northwest Classen High School and won the state high school debating championship. She also won a debate scholarship to George Washington University (GWU) at the age of 16. She initially aspired to be a teacher, but left GWU after two years in 1968 to marry James Robert ”Jim” Warren, whom she had met in high school.
Warren and her husband moved to Houston, where he was employed by IBM. She enrolled in the University of Houston and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology.
The Warrens moved to New Jersey when Jim received a job transfer. She soon became pregnant and decided to stay at home to care for their daughter, Amelia.
After Amelia turned two, Warren enrolled in Rutgers Law School at Rutgers University–Newark.
She received her J.D. in 1976, and passed the bar examination shortly thereafter. Shortly before graduating, Warren became pregnant with their second child, Alexander.
The Warrens divorced in 1978, and two years later, Warren married law professor Bruce H. Mann on July 12, 1980, but kept her first husband’s surname. Warren has three grandchildren through her daughter Amelia.
Warren is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School and has taught law at several universities, including the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University.
She was one of the most influential professors of bankruptcy law before beginning her political career.
Warren has authored five and co-authored six books, and she has written dozens of articles.
Her first foray into public policy began in 1995, when she worked to oppose what eventually became a 2005 act restricting bankruptcy access for individuals.
During the late 2000s, Warren’s national profile grew following her forceful public stances in favour of more stringent banking regulations after the 2007–2008 financial crisis.
She served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and she proposed and established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for which she served as the first Special Advisor under President Barack Obama.
In November 2012, Warren won the U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, defeating incumbent Republican Scott Brown and becoming the first female Senator from Massachusetts.
She was assigned to the Senate Special Committee on Aging; the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Health, Education, Labour, and Pensions Committee.
Warren won re-election by a wide margin in 2018, defeating Republican nominee Geoff Diehl. On February 9, 2019, Warren announced her candidacy in the 2020 United States presidential election.
She was briefly considered the front-runner in fall 2019, but support for her campaign ultimately dwindled and she withdrew from the race on March 5, 2020.