85 Facts About Elizabeth Warren


Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American politician and former law professor who is the senior United States senator from Massachusetts, serving since 2013.


Elizabeth Warren was a candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, ultimately finishing third.


Elizabeth Warren was one of the most influential professors in commercial and bankruptcy law before beginning her political career.


Elizabeth Warren has written 12 books and more than 100 articles.


Elizabeth Warren served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and proposed and established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for which she served as the first special advisor under President Barack Obama.


In 2012, Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Republican Scott Brown and became the first female US senator from Massachusetts.


Elizabeth Warren won re-election by a wide margin in 2018, defeating Republican nominee Geoff Diehl.


On February 9,2019, Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy in the 2020 United States presidential election.


Elizabeth Warren was briefly considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in late 2019, but support for her campaign dwindled.


Elizabeth Warren withdrew from the race on March 5,2020, after Super Tuesday.


Elizabeth Warren is the fourth child of Pauline Louise, a homemaker, and Donald Jones Herring, a US Army flight instructor during World War II, both of whom were members of the evangelical branch of the Protestant Methodist Church.


Elizabeth Warren lived in Norman, Oklahoma, until she was 11 years old, when her family moved back to Oklahoma City.


When she was 13, Elizabeth Warren started waiting tables at her aunt's restaurant.


Elizabeth Warren became a star member of the debate team at Northwest Classen High School and won the state high school debating championship.


Elizabeth Warren won a debate scholarship to George Washington University at the age of 16.


Elizabeth Warren 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.


Elizabeth Warren enrolled in the University of Houston and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology.


Elizabeth Warren soon became pregnant and decided to stay at home to care for their daughter, Amelia.


Elizabeth Warren received her Juris Doctor in 1976 and passed the bar examination shortly thereafter.


Shortly before graduating, Elizabeth Warren became pregnant with their second child, Alexander.


In 1970, after obtaining a degree in speech pathology and audiology, but before enrolling in law school, Elizabeth Warren taught children with disabilities for a year in a public school.


Elizabeth Warren became involved with public work in bankruptcy regulation and consumer protection in the mid-1990s.


Elizabeth Warren began her career in academia as a lecturer at Rutgers University, Newark School of Law.


Elizabeth Warren then moved to the University of Houston Law Center, where she became an associate dean in 1980 and obtained tenure in 1981.


Elizabeth Warren taught at the University of Texas School of Law as visiting associate professor in 1981 and returned as a full professor two years later.


Elizabeth Warren was a research associate at the Population Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 1987 and was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan in 1985.


Elizabeth Warren's work analyzing court records and interviewing judges, lawyers, and debtors, established her as a rising star in the field of bankruptcy law.


In 1995, Elizabeth Warren left Penn to become Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.


Elizabeth Warren published in many fields, but her expertise was in bankruptcy and commercial law.


From 2005 to 2009, Elizabeth Warren was among the three most-cited scholars in those fields.


Elizabeth Warren began to rise in prominence in 2004 with an appearance on the Dr Phil show, and published several books including The Two-Income Trap.


In 1995, the National Bankruptcy Review Commission's chair, former congressman Mike Synar, asked Elizabeth Warren to advise the commission.


Elizabeth Warren helped draft the commission's report and worked for several years to oppose legislation intended to severely restrict consumers' right to file for bankruptcy.


From 2006 to 2010, Elizabeth Warren was a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion.


Elizabeth Warren is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an independent organization that advises the US Congress on bankruptcy law, a former vice president of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Elizabeth Warren was an early advocate for creating a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


One of her colleagues at the University of Texas in Austin said that at university in the early 1980s Elizabeth Warren was "sometimes surprisingly anti-consumer in her attitude".


Elizabeth Warren was registered as a Republican from 1991 to 1996 and voted Republican for many years.


Elizabeth Warren has said that she began to vote Democratic in 1995 because she no longer believed that the Republicans were the party who best supported markets, but she has said she has voted for both parties because she believed neither should dominate.


On September 14,2011, Elizabeth Warren declared her intention to run for the Democratic nomination for the 2012 election in Massachusetts for the US Senate.


Elizabeth Warren nonetheless raised $39 million for her campaign, more than any other Senate candidate in 2012, and showed, according to The New York Times, "that it was possible to run against the big banks without Wall Street money and still win".


Elizabeth Warren received a prime-time speaking slot at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on September 5,2012.


Elizabeth Warren positioned herself as a champion of a beleaguered middle class that "has been chipped, squeezed, and hammered".


Elizabeth Warren is the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from Massachusetts, as part of a sitting US Senate that had 20 women senators in office, which was the most in Senate history at the time, following the November 2012 elections.


In May 2013, Elizabeth Warren sent letters to the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Reserve questioning their decisions that settling would be more fruitful than going to court.


The appointment added to speculation that Elizabeth Warren would run for president in 2016.


Elizabeth Warren criticized the TPP, arguing that the dispute resolution mechanism in the agreement and labor protections for American workers therein were insufficient; her objections were in turn criticized by Obama.


In December 2016, Elizabeth Warren gained a seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which The Boston Globe called "a high-profile perch on one of the chamber's most powerful committees" that would "fuel speculation about a possible 2020 bid for president".


In November 2020, Elizabeth Warren was named a candidate for Secretary of the Treasury in the Biden Administration.


Elizabeth Warren was at the Capitol to participate in the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count when Trump supporters attacked the Capitol.


On June 9,2016, after the California Democratic primary, Elizabeth Warren formally endorsed Clinton for president.


Elizabeth Warren called Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, dishonest, uncaring, and "a loser".


At a town hall meeting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on September 29,2018, Elizabeth Warren said she would "take a hard look" at running for president in the 2020 election after the 2018 United States elections concluded.


On December 31,2018, Elizabeth Warren announced that she was forming an exploratory committee to run for president.


On February 9,2019, Elizabeth Warren officially announced her candidacy at a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, at the site of the 1912 Bread and Roses strike.


Elizabeth Warren staged her first campaign event in Lawrence to demonstrate the constituency groups she hopes to appeal to, including working class families, union members, women, and new immigrants.


Elizabeth Warren has introduced an "Economic Patriotism" plan intended to create opportunities for American workers, and proposals inspired by opposition to President Trump, including one that would make it permissible to indict a sitting president.


Elizabeth Warren was credited with popularizing the idea of a wealth tax with Americans, leading competitor Bernie Sanders to release a wealth tax plan.


Elizabeth Warren became known for the number and depth of her policy proposals.


In early June 2019, Elizabeth Warren placed second in some polls, with Joe Biden in first place and Bernie Sanders in third.


The Los Angeles Times reported that of the front-runners in the presidential race, only Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have previously won an election with almost exclusively small online contributions, and that no presidential primary in recent history has had two of the top three candidates refuse to use bundlers or hold private fundraisers with wealthy donors.


In January 2019, Elizabeth Warren said that she took no PAC money.


In October 2019, Elizabeth Warren announced that her campaign would not accept contributions of more than $200 from executives at banks, large tech companies, private equity firms, or hedge funds, in addition to her previous refusal to accept donations of over $200 from fossil fuel or pharmaceutical executives.


In February 2020, Elizabeth Warren began accepting support from Super PACs, after failing to convince other Democratic presidential candidates to join her in disavowing them.


Elizabeth Warren is known for remaining afterward to talk with audience members and for the large numbers of selfies she has taken with them.


In June 2020, CNN reported that Elizabeth Warren was among the top four vice-presidential choices for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, along with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Representative Val Demings, and Senator Kamala Harris.


Warren and her first husband 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.


Elizabeth Warren expressed concerns over what she says were Trump's conflicts of interest.


The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act, written by Elizabeth Warren, was first read in the Senate in January 2017.


Elizabeth Warren has criticized US involvement in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen in support of Yemen's government against the Houthis.


In January 2019, Elizabeth Warren criticized Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.


Elizabeth Warren agreed that US troops should be withdrawn from Syria and Afghanistan but said such withdrawals should be part of a "coordinated" plan formed with US allies.


On March 13,2023, Elizabeth Warren presented a detailed analysis of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank on March 10,2023, and provided possible solutions to avoid further bank failures, in The New York Times.


In 1984, Elizabeth Warren contributed recipes to a Native American cookbook and identified herself as Cherokee.


Elizabeth Warren has denied that her alleged heritage gave her any advantages in her schooling or her career.


From 1995 to 2004, her employer, Harvard Law School, listed her as a Native American in its federal affirmative action forms; Elizabeth Warren later said she was unaware of this.


The Washington Post reported that in 1986, Elizabeth Warren identified her race as "American Indian" on a State Bar of Texas write-in form used for statistical information gathering, but added that there was "no indication it was used for professional advancement".


In February 2019, Elizabeth Warren apologized for having identified as Native American.


In October 2018, Warren released an analysis of a DNA test by geneticist Carlos D Bustamante that found her ancestry to be mostly European but "strongly support[ed] the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor", likely "in the range of 6 to 10 generations ago".


Elizabeth Warren apologized again in August 2019 before a Native American Forum in Iowa.


In February 2019, Elizabeth Warren received a standing ovation during a surprise visit to a Native American conference, where she was introduced by freshman Representative Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to the US Congress.


In 2011, Elizabeth Warren was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.


Elizabeth Warren was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009,2010,2015, and 2017.


Elizabeth Warren has mentored several people who have gone on to hold notable political office.


US Representative Katie Porter, a former law student of Elizabeth Warren's, is considered a protegee of Elizabeth Warren.