So……. Who is Elizabeth Warren and why should we know her name?
Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician. She is also the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. Warren is an active consumer protection advocate whose work led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance. Wikipedia
Guess what else she might be? Maybe she will be the next US President. And quite possibly another “first”…… you know “First Black President” – Barack Obama; “First Woman President” – Elizabeth Warren.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). She later served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama. In the late 2000s, she was recognized by publications such as the National Law Journal and the Time 100 as an increasingly influential public policy figure.
In September 2011, Warren announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, challenging Republican incumbent Scott Brown. She won the general election on November 6, 2012, to become 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, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
Warren has been described as a leading figure among American progressives, and has frequently been mentioned by some pundits as a potential 2016 presidential candidate despite repeated statements that she has no plans to run. Wikipedia
Warren received her B.S. from the University of Houston in 1970. Prior to this, Warren had attended the George Washington University for two years without graduating, having received a debate scholarship at age 16. Warren attended and graduated from the Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
Warren’s first marriage was to computer engineer Jim Warren, with whom she had two children, Amelia and Alexander. In an October 2012 article, Elizabeth referred to Jim as “not a bad guy.”
In 1978, after meeting future husband Bruce Mann at a conference in Florida, Elizabeth and Jim Warren divorced. Bruce said of meeting the married Warren, “I saw this woman talking to someone, and I was just captivated…I just walked right over. She barely noticed me. It took a couple of days.” Warren said of meeting Bruce, “he had good legs.”
In 1980, two years after meeting, Warren and Mann were married.
Her daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is the cofounder of The Business Talent Group and chairman of Demos, a progressive think tank. She is married to film producer Sushil Tyagi, who has been criticized for ties to a controversial Iranian filmmaker.
>Warren has claimed Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, but the only proof so far seems to be stories she says she heard from family members as a child. Cherokee groups have demanded documentation of the candidate’s Native American ancestry, but she hasn’t delivered. The Globe interviewed an extensive list of her relatives, who had conflicting memories. Some recalled stories of Indian ancestors, others did not. Could have been just a “bedtime story” that paid off ….. big.
The Senate voted 56 to 38 against Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bill to allow federal and private student loan borrowers to refinance their loans at today’s lower rates, Bloomberg This opened the door for a great deal of bitter vitriol concerning “billionaires” not having a “tax hike” —- eight more years of this? Are we ready?
And finally, here is a quote from the possible future President:
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea – God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
― Elizabeth Warren
It appears that the White House might be pretty solidly behind “Elizabeth Warren for President.”